Photo Gallery Alaa al-Aswany on the Marwa al-Sherbini Murder

In a SPIEGEL interview, Egyptian author Alaa al-Aswany discusses the shocking murder of an Egyptian in Dresden, anti-German protests in the Islamic world, racism and his views on the so-called clash of civilizations.
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Marwa al-Sherbini, an Egyptian woman who was stabbed 18 times and killed by a Russian man of German descent as she was preparing to testify against him in the eastern German city of Dresden on July, is pictured here with her husband. Egyptian author Alaa al-Aswany asks: "Who was responsible for security in that courtroom?"

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In Dresden, local residents and high-profile German politicians participated in a memorial march in honor of the murder victim on Saturday, July 11. But al-Aswany says Berlin hasn't done enough in its response to the crime, which has outraged many in the Arab world. "The German government bears some of the responsibility for this tragedy," he told SPIEGEL, "if only because of where the crime was committed, and it has not embraced this responsibility."

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Protesters hold photos of al-Sherbini during a demonstration march to the German consultate in Istanbul on July 17. "All human beings have a natural sense of justice, and it was severely violated," says al-Aswany.

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Thousands gather for Marwa al-Sherbini's memorial in Alexandria, Egypt: "Three churches here in Egypt held services for her, even though she wasn't a Christian," the author says.

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The protests extended across the Muslim world. Here, protesters in Istanbul march in front of the German consulate with a sign reading: "Marwa's Murder Shows the Face of Ugly West."

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Protesters in Pakistan burned the German flag. "The case has essentially nothing to do with religion, but it is being exploited for religious purposes, as a case of Islamophobia," says author al-Aswany. "The instinctive anger we all feel comes from a different place: All human beings have a natural sense of justice, and it was severely violated."

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Women in Istanbul march with a mock German flag emblazoned with a swastika and a star of David.

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In Iran, where President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for a United Nations resolution condemning Germany, the tone of the protests was even sharper. Here, demonstrators in front of the German embassy have spraypainted the sidewalk with the words: "Angela Nazi, Shame on You!"

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