Publisher Withdraws Qaradawi Books From Egypt Book Fair


Egyptian media is reporting that books by Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi have been withdrawn by the publsher from the Cairo International Book Fair that started last week. According to the Ahram Online report, books by Brotherhood ideologue Sayyid Qutb were also withdrawn by the publisher:

The Egyptian Ministry of Culture denied in a statement released early Saturday, 31 January, that it had confiscated books of the Qatar-based Muslim cleric Youssef Al-Qaradawi from the Cairo International Book Fair that started Wednesday, 28 January, saying they were removed by the publisher, Dar El-Shorouk.

The ministry said the books, which were on sale in the Dar El-Shorouk Publishing House wing at the fair, were removed by the publisher due to the “disapproval and dismay” expressed by visitors to the fair given that Al-Qaradawi “does not deny his affiliation to the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood group.”

Sheikh Youssef Al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian-born cleric who has close links to the Muslim Brotherhood, has been critical of Egypt’s government, accusing President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi of betrayal for ousting President Mohamed Morsi in 2013, a Muslim Brotherhood leader. He also called for protests in Egypt on the anniversary of the January 25 Revolution.

Books of the late radical Islamist author Sayyed Qutb were also withdrawn by El-Shorouk.

Ahmed Megahed, director of the General Egyptian Book Organisation, confirmed that Dar El-Shorouk withdrew the books from its wing.
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The GMBDW reported last month that Saudi Arabia’s religious ministry had warned mosque imams not use the books and opinions of three of the Muslim Brotherhood’s key historical ideologues, including Sayyid Qutb. In December 2010, we discussed an article by Dr. John Calvert giving his interpretation about the role of Sayyid Qutb in the thought of the Muslim Brotherhood. 

For information on Sayyid Qutb, go here.

For a profile of Youssef Qaradawi, go here.

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