Murad Wilfried Hofmann is confirmed dead at the age of 88.
Murad was best known as a German diplomat and author.
Death was likely due to Ambassador to Algeria (1987–1990) and Morocco (1990–1994).
Murad Wilfried Hofmann
Murad Wilfried Hofmann.JPG
Hofmann in Berlin
German Ambassador to Algeria
In office
1987–1990
German Ambassador to Morocco
In office
1990–1994
Director for Information at NATO
In office
1983–1987
Personal details
Born1931
Aschaffenburg, Bavaria, Germany
Died20 December 2019(2019-12-20) (aged 87–88)
Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Contents
1 Biography
2 Commendations
3 Publications
4 See also
5 References
6 External links
Biography
Hofmann was born a Catholic, in Aschaffenburg, but converted to Islam in 1980. He studied at Harvard University. His conversion was met with some controversy due to his high profile in the German government. He converted to Islam as a result of what he witnessed in the Algerian War of Independence, his fondness for Islamic art, and what he saw as contradictions in Paulist Christian doctrine.
Hofmann served in the German Foreign Service from 1961 to 1994. He first served in Algeria as a specialist on issues concerning nuclear defense. He went on to serve as Director of Information for NATO at Brussels from 1983 to 1987, Ambassador to Algeria from 1987 to 1990, and Ambassador to Morocco from 1990 to 1994.
Hofmann was an honorary member and advisor to the Central Council of Muslims in Germany.
Commendations
Federal Cross of Merit, Germany.
Commander of the Order of Merit, Italy.
Order of Merit in the Arts and Sciences, 1st Class, Egypt.
Grand Cordon
Publications
1973 Of Beauty and the Dance: Towards an Aesthetics of Ballet, in: Three Essays in Dance Aesthetic, Dance Perspectives No. 55, New York
1981 Wie MBFR begann, in: Im Dienste Deutschland und des Rechtes, Festschrift für Wilhelm G. Grewe, Nomos, Baden-Baden
1984 Is NATO's Defence Policy facing a Crisis?, in: Non-Nuclear War in Europe, Groningen University Press, Groningen
1981 Ein philosophischer Weg zum Islam
1984 Zur Rolle der islamischen Philosophie
1985 Tagebuch eines deutschen Muslims
1992 Der Islam als Alternative, Diederichs, ISBN 3-424-01114-2
1996 Reise nach Mekka, Diederichs, ISBN 3-424-01308-0
1998 Überarbeitung der Koranübersetzung von Max Henning, Istanbul und München
2000 Der Islam im 3. Jahrtausend, Diederichs-Hugendubel, ISBN 3-7205-2124-9
2008 – 'Mustaqbal al-Islam fī al-Gharb wa-al-Sharq' , co-authored with cAbd al-Majid al-Sharafī, published by Dar al-Fikr in Damascus, 2008
See also
List of converts to Islam
Islam in Europe
Muhammad Asad
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