Yahya Hassan is an 18-year-old Dane who is the son of Palestinian muslim immigrants. He is creating a little controversy in Islamic circles and elsewhere with a new book of poetry that was published in Denmark last month. The book contains around 150
poems, many of which are severely critical of the religious environment he grew up in.
His book has been a surprise strong seller with 32,000 copies being sold in about two weeks. The publisher, Gyldendal, says books of poetry in Denmark are lucky to hit 500 copies.
In televised interviews, Hassan has been anything but tempered in his comments about what he views as a culture of hypocrisy underpinning Denmark's Muslim population. His words have prompted arguably the largest debate on religion in Denmark since
the Mohammed cartoons.
After reciting one of his poems, titled LANGDIGT, or LONG POEM, (he writes in capital letters only) on a Danish television station a few weeks ago, he received 27 death threats and police are investigating what they perceive as
the most serious ones.
His poems carry titles like CHILDHOOD and DISGUSTED, dealing with issues like the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, child abuse, and the interplay between violence and religion. Profanity and vivid analogies help carry his work.
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Update: Censored by Religious Thugs
21st November 2013. See article
A young Danish poet of Palestinian descent has been assaulted and his suspected attacker has been arrested, Danish police have said.
A spokesman said Yahya Hassan suffered a head injury when he was attacked from behind at Copenhagen's central train station Monday evening. Hassan received five to eight punches in the face and body. The suspected attacker, aged 24, was known by
police and now faces minor assault charges.
His book of poetry, Yahya Hassan , has sold more than 17,000 copies since its publication on Oct. 17. The publication has triggered numerous death threats against Hassan, who has police protection during public readings.
Update: Security and protest for a poetry reading
28th November 2013. See article
Against the backdrop of nationwide debate and with tight security, Danish poet Yahya Hassan yesterday took to the stage at H.C. Andersen School in the Vollsmose area of the city of Odense, for a much anticipated reading of his controversial work.
While the reading took place without serious disruption, a 19 year-old man was arrested to keep the peace . A group of protesters had also gathered outside, telling newspaper Extra Bladet Hassan was trampling on our culture , and
a car from the broadcaster TV2 also had its tyres slashed. The police said they had turned several people away from the premises in the days leading up to the event, and a group of about 10-15 young men were also stopped from attending . Hassan himself
was smuggled out of premises by the police after the event.