Berlin: Dr. Murad Wilfried Hofmann, noted author and former German diplomat, breathed his last on Monday. He was aged 88.
Dr. Murad, who converted to Islam in 1980, has authored several books on Islam, including Journey to Makkah and Islam: The Alternative.
Dr. Murad, born a Catholic, studied at Harvard University. He served in the German Foreign Service from 1961 to 1994. He first served in Algeria as a specialist on issues concerning nuclear defense. 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.
Dr. Murad was an honorary member and advisor to the Central Council of Muslims in Germany.