A German author of Egyptian origin has gone into hiding after having recieved death threats from Islamists. Hamed Abdel-Samad is one of Germany's highest-profile experts on Islam.

The news of the death threats against Abdel-Samad was announced by his publisher on Tuesday.

"Hamed Abdel-Samad is taking the call for him to be murdered seriously and has gone into hiding," the head of the Munich-based Droemer Knaur publishing house, Margit Ketterle, said in a statement.

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