Egyptian Minister: Attack on Syrian Novelist Intellectual Terrorism

Published May 7th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Harsh criticism of a Syrian writer, dubbed the new Salman Rushdie for an allegedly blasphemous novel, was described as intellectual terrorism and misinterpretation by Egypt’s Culture Minister Faruq Hosni Saturday.  

A campaign by Egyptian Islamists against Haidar Haidar’s book “Feast of the Sea Algae” is a provocation and a form of intellectual terrorism whose goals everyone knows, Hosni said, quoted by the state-owned Mena news agency. 

The bi-weekly Islamist newspaper Al Shaab has launched a campaign against the writer and the Egyptian ministry of culture, which published a new edition of the novel in March, accusing Haidar of insulting God and the Prophet. 

The government press said Hosni had ordered the books removal from the stores and set up a committee to find out who was responsible for publishing it. 

We will not tolerate attacks on holy religions, he was reported as saying. 

But yesterday he said the committee had not been charged with investigating, but with presenting the public with a realistic explanation of the books contents, Mena reported – 


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