“Islam Is Like a Drug”: Interview with German-Egyptian political scientist Hamed Abdel-Samad

17 September 2010

In an interview with Der Spiegel, Egyptian-German political scientist Hamed Abdel-Samad talks about his childhood as the son of an imam in Egypt, why he thinks Islam is a danger to society and his theories about the inevitable decline of the Muslim world. Despite his own criticism of Islam, he does not find Thilo Sarrazin’s comments helpful for the integration debate, and thinks he is overrated. Abdel-Samad has published a book, predicting the downfall of the Islamic world. Although the number of Muslims is growing, there is stagnation in all Islamic countries and Islam has no convincing answers to the challenges of the 21st century: “It is in intellectual, moral and cultural decline — a doomed religion, without self-awareness and without any options to act”, Abdel-Samad claims.