A crucial plea for an ethic of debate instead of an ethic of personal opinions
Germany has a tradition of enlightenment ideals - and another of inhumane behavior. The Allies brought us democracy, freedom of opinion, and plurality. It is time to become deliberately aware of these values and to stand up for them. Hardly anyone knows this better than Hamed Abdel-Samad, who grew up in Egypt. He knows the great value of Germany’s practiced liberality. However, for years, he has observed the toxic tendency in the public forum to swap the ethic of free strident discourse, the basis of all democratic disputes, for a narrow-minded and anti-enlightened ethic of personal opinion.
For the Love of Germany sets out the strengths of this country, as well as the dangers that it faces. Perhaps it takes an immigrant to remind his fellow citizens about how valuable these achievements are and how their duration should never be taken for granted.
In his new book, Hamed Abdel-Samad holds up a mirror to his adopted homeland, in which he sees a strong vein of social liberalization which is currently accompanied by a noticeable loss in intellectual tolerance.
- A Spiegel-bestselling author
- Hamed Abdel-Samad is one of Europe’s most prominent critics of Islam
- Former books by the author have been sold to Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Italy, Korea, Norway, The Netherlands and USA