Increase in sales of books related to Islam in France after the attacks

Following the January attacks in France which left sixteen dead, sales of books on Islam in France exploded. Sales of books on Islam were three times higher in the first three months of 2015 than in the same period last year, according to the National Union of French Bookstores, AFP reported on Saturday. On January 9, Islamist gunman Amedy Coulably killed four Jewish hostages at the Hyper Cacher supermarket days after 12 people were killed in a separate attack on the Paris office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

“The French are asking more and more questions, and they feel less satisfied than ever with the answers they receive from the media,” Fabrice Gerschel, director of Philosophy the magazine told AFP. Gershel magazine published a Quran-focused supplement that “stole from the shelves,” according to the report.

Mathilde Mahieux, of La Procure bookstores, a chain specializing in religion, said that “people want a better understanding of the religion that the brutal Islamic State (IS) group claims to represent, so that they can make up their own minds. “.

Mansour Mansour, who heads the Al Bouraq publishing house specializing in Islam and the Middle East, said his sales had jumped 30%. last longer “because Islam will continue to be a geopolitical problem,” Mansour said. According to the report, French universities are also more interested in Islam following the attacks, with a chair for the study of the Koran inaugurated Thursday at the Collège de France in Paris. A law professor at the Sorbonne who teaches law at the Sorbonne “In view of the situation, I added sessions on monotheistic religions to my general culture course for students preparing for judicial exams”, said he declared. Following the attack on the kosher grocery store a video was released showing Coulibaly declaring his allegiance to ISIS (the Islamic State) and urging French Muslims to follow his example. on the Jewish target were justified by French military interventions abroad. Said and Cherif Kouachi, the brothers behind the Hebdo killings, who were also gunned down by French forces s aid they were aligned with al-Qaida, which rivals the Islamic State for influence among Islamist militants.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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