Dr. Hamed Abdel-Samad: "Terrorism is caused by an ideology that stems from the textual roots of your religion – not from the interpretation of these texts, but from the texts themselves"
Dr. Hamed Abdel-Samad is a German-Egyptian political scientist and author. In 2013, an Egyptian cleric called for him to be killed for heresy for his statements about Islam. Dr. Abdel-Samad's online lecture series is available on his Box of Islam YouTube channel, which was established in 2015 and as of this writing has more than 47,000 subscribers and close to 11 million video views. In the two MEMRI TV clips below, which were taken from that lecture series, Dr. Abdel-Samad discusses the treatment of the Jews in the Quran and the persecution of Christians in Egypt.
Dr. Abdel-Samad discusses, in a lecture posted February 27, 2017,
persecution of Christians in Egypt by Islamists and the authorities. Rejecting
the claim that terrorism is rooted in oppression and injustice, Abdel-Samad pointed
out that the Copts and Yazidis do not become terrorists even though they are oppressed:
"Terrorism is caused by an ideology that stems from the textual roots of
your religion – not from the interpretation of these texts, but from the texts
themselves," he adds.
In a lecture posted November 7, 2016, Dr. Abdel-Samad says that an entire tribe was punished for what the Prophet Muhammad perceived to be the intentions of one man. "Either he just invented this, or else he was hearing voices in his paranoid head and was hallucinating," Abdel-Samad said of the Prophet Muhammad, and asks: "Is this the divine logic of God, who proclaimed Himself to be Merciful?" He added: "Our Lord gives His blessing to theft, the holy theft upon which the entire Islamic economy was based."
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