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Murad Wilfried Hofmann
Hofmann in Berlin
German Ambassador to Algeria
In office
German Ambassador to Morocco
In office
Director for Information at NATO
In office
Personal details
Aschaffenburg, Bavaria, Germany
Died13 January 2020(2020-01-13) (aged 88–89)
Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Murad Wilfried Hofmann (1931 – 13 January 2020) was a German diplomat and author. He wrote several books on Islam, including Journey to Makkah (ISBN 0-915957-85-X) and Islam: The Alternative (ISBN 0-915957-71-X). Many of his books and essays focused on Islam's place in the West and, after 11 September, in particular, in the United States. He was one of the signatories of A Common Word Between Us and You, an open letter by Islamic scholars to Christian leaders, calling for peace and understanding.


Hofmann was born in Aschaffenburg to an intellectual family related to Hugo Ball, a co-founder of Dadaism. Although raised a Catholic, he 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.[1] 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.[2]

Hofmann served in the German Foreign Service from 1961 to 1994.[3] He first served in Algeria as a specialist on issues concerning nuclear defence. 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.[4]

Hofmann was an honorary member and advisor to the Central Council of Muslims in Germany.[1]



  • 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' [The Future of Islam in the West and the East], co-authored with cAbd al-Majid al-Sharafī, published by Dar al-Fikr in Damascus, 2008[5]

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  1. ^ a b A brief biography at IslamOnline.net Archived 24 October 2004 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Salaam.co.uk: Murad Wilfried Hofmann". Archived from the original on 26 March 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  3. ^ Guest CV Archived 26 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine, IslamOnline
  4. ^ Biographical Note Archived 16 January 2006 at the Wayback Machine, St. Antony's College
  5. ^ A book review was placed in Al-Hayah, 3 May 2008 and reviewed by Arab-West Report, 2008, week 18, art. 27 Archived 5 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine

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