According to Islamic principles, when a man is accused of heresy, he is given the choice between repentance and punishment.

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It's clearly more important to treat one's fellow man well than to be always praying and fasting and touching one's head to a prayer mat.

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I believe society has a right to defend itself, just as the individual has the right to attack that with which he disagrees.

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History is full of people who went to prison or were burned at the stake for proclaiming their ideas. Society has always defended itself.

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Without literature my life would be miserable.

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Winning Nobel imposed on me a lifestyle to which I am not used and which I would not have preferred.

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The Arab world also won the Nobel with me. I believe that international doors have opened, and that from now on, literate people will consider Arab literature also. We deserve that recognition.

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You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.

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I love Sufism as I love beautiful poetry, but it is not the answer. Sufism is like a mirage in the desert. It says to you, come and sit, relax and enjoy yourself for a while.

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Hosni Mubarak... his constitution is not democratic, but he is democratic. We can voice our opinions now. The press is free.

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Sadat made us feel more secure.

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We used the Western style to express our own themes and stories. But don't forget that our heritage includes The Thousand and One Nights.

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As the tension eases, we must look in the direction of agriculture, industry and education as our final goals, and toward democracy under Mr Mubarak.

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