Readers in Solidarity with Threatened Algerian Novelist Kamel Daoud

An Algerian Salafi imam — called “un obscure salafiste” by the paper Le Matin — has called for the death of award-winning Algerian novelist Kamel Daoud:

It was yesterday, Dec. 16, that Salafi leader Abdelfatah Hamadache declared a fatwa condemning the writer and journalist Kamel Daoud to death. The declaration to kill the Daoud — whose debut novel,Meursault, Counter-Investigation, has been both a critical darling and a best-seller in France — was made on Facebook.

“If Sharia law was applied in Algeria,” Hamadache wrote on Facebook, “the punishment would have been to kill [Daoud]” for his writings.

According to the Algerian TSA news service, Daoud plans to file a legal complaint. “I will file a complaint tomorrow morning, because this is a call for murder.”

According to TSA, Hamadache responded that “I did not say I was going to kill him and I have not called on Muslims to do so. We ask the Algerian authorities to apply “al Had” (the death sentence) and that is something of which we are proud!”

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