France: Sales of books on Islam rise after Paris attacks

2015-04-06 05:40:11 | Al Muslim News
France: Sales of books on Islam rise after Paris attacks


Books on Islam are flying off the shelves and selling out in France after the deadly attack on controversial French Magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris raised questions about Europe’s fastest-growing religion.
A special magazine supplement focused on the Koran has flown off the shelves, and shops are selling more books on Islam than ever after the Paris attacks in January that left 17 dead.
Sales of books on Islam were three times higher in the first quarter of 2015 than this time last year, according to the French National Union of Bookshops, alarabiya reported.
Experts believe people are buying the books and magazines, because they want a better understanding of the religion some terror groups claim to represent, so that they can make up their own minds.
“A very Catholic lady came to buy a copy of the Koran, because she wanted to understand for herself whether or not (Islam) is a violent religion,†said Yvon Gilabert, who runs a bookshop in Nantes, western France.
French academics too are becoming more curious, with a chair in the study of the Koran inaugurated on Thursday at the prestigious College de France in Paris.
Jean Rony, who teaches at the nearby Sorbonne University, began studying the Muslim holy book for himself this year.
“Given the situation, I have added sessions on monotheistic religions to my general culture class for students preparing for magistrate exams,†he said.
Mansour Mansour, who runs the Al Bouraq publishing house specializing on Islam and the Middle East, said his sales have shot up by 30 percent.
“The same happened after the September 11 attacks in 2001,†he told AFP.
Now the spike is likely to last longer “because Islam will continue to pose a geo-political problem,’ Mansour sighed.
Twice as many books published in France last year were dedicated to Islam than to Christianity, according to the publishing weekly, Hebdo Livres.
And at France’s largest book fair in March, a big seller for Le Cerf imprint, which is run by the Catholic Dominican order, was "A Christian Reads The Koran", a reprint of a book first published with much less fanfare in 1984.
It was far from the only hot title dealing with Islam at the fair, with the U.S. publisher Columbia University Press snapping up the rights to "The Silent Koran, the Talking Koran" by Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi, as well as the paperback launch of rapper Abd al Malik's bestseller "May Allah bless France".


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