Turkish novelist on trial for insulting Islam
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The author Nedim Gürsel faces between one and three years in prison on charges of insulting Islam in his latest novel 'The Daughters of Allah'.
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Franco-Turkish writer Nedim Gürsel was prosecuted 30 years ago for “morally offending the public", then again several years later for assaulting a security officer. He is once again sought after by the law, this time for “denigrating the religious values of part of the population” in his latest novel, 'The Daughters of Allah'.
The novelist, appearing before an
The author added: “I am a bit surprised. The investigation in August 2008 [several months after the publication of 'The Daughters of Allah' in
But a government official in charge of religious affairs took a different view and resurfaced the charges a few months ago, in a report accusing Gürsel of blasphemy.
30,000 copies sold in
“My crime is to have written allegorically and imaginatively of the advent of Islam, with the utmost respect for Muslims, but also I took the liberty of examining all forms of religious beliefs… Should I remind you again that this is a novel and not a theological textbook?” said the author in an open letter, to Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan, published April 30 in the Turkish daily Milliyet.
“This is a novel, written from several points of view, that describes the advent of Islam in the sixth century,” the author told
Morever, last February, Erdogan said in no uncertain terms that
Over 30,000 copies of the novel were sold in
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