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Islamist who protesteted against Danish Mohammed cartoons has change of heart

by | 23rd, September 2013

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CAN an Islamist change?

Michael Moynihan interviews Ahmed Akkari, who helped to whip up the frenzy riots  during the Danish cartoon controvers y. Akkari then changed his mind. He moved to Greenland well away form his former friends:

There is no simple explanation for why he flipped, but Akkari’s time in Greenland, having emerged from the swamps of Islamism, was crucial. “In Greenland, I had space and time—and I had the public library. I started reading.” It was there, shrouded in Arctic anonymity, that he confronted his own prejudices, reading books of philosophy, history, and sociology, ultimately consuming—but, he admits, not always comprehending—Danish existentialist philosopher and theologian Søren Kierkegaard.

“In 2011 for the first time I read an Islam critic.” It was the work of Nasr Hamed Abu Zayd, an Egyptian scholar exiled from his homeland and forced by an Egyptian court to annul his marriage for the “crime” of apostasy. His writings transformed Akkari. “He made me move further with my break from Islamism,” a system that he now views as

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