Novelist and author Youssef Zidan was referred to investigation on Tuesday for contempt of religion.
Zidan is a writer known for reflecting controversial opinions on religious matters through his books. Azazil, the novel which earned Zidan the Arab Booker Prize, challenged Christian beliefs when weighed against philosophy and logic.
The novelist was released after an investigation, reported state-owned Al-Ahram. Zidan requested a respite to respond to the notes issued in the Islamic Research Complex’s report regarding his case.
Eleven Coptic rights organisations had filed a report to the prosecutor general in 2010 accusing Zidan of contempt of the Christian religion, reported Al-Ahram. The organisations stated Zidan taunts the doctrines of the trinity, unification and redemption adopted by Christians.
The organisations claimed in their report that Zidan is accustomed to attacking Christianity and the Christian dogma, reported Al-Ahram. They added that his writings threaten national unity and undermine social peace. (Daily news Egypt)