Sudanese Writer: "Cancerous Religious Zeal" Is Killing Creativity and Freedom of Thought




Published on Aug 5, 2019

Sudanese writer Hajj Al-Warraq, the Editor-in-Chief of the Sudanese newspaper, Horiyat, said in a July 23, 2019 interview on Alghad TV (U.K.) that "cancerous religious zeal" has been growing and that it has been trying to kill creativity, arts, politics, and science. He criticized the religious leaders for banning freedom of thought, freedom of conscience, and public discourse. Al-Warraq gave the example of Season of Migration to the North, a book by Sudanese author Tayeb Salih, saying that it is banned in Sudan, and he warned: "People who start burning books always end up burning people… They think they have a monopoly over religious truth… [This] will eventually lead to the slitting of throats." Al-Warraq added that the issue is much more dangerous than it seems.