Hamed Abdel-Samad was born in 1972 in Giza (Egypt) as the son of an imam. He studied English and French in Cairo; in 1995 he came to Germany and studied political science in Augsburg. After completing his studies Hamed Abdel-Samad worked as an academic in Erfurt and Braunschweig as well as in Japan, where he was engaged in Eastern spirituality. Until the end of 2009 he conducted research and taught at the Institute for Jewish History and Culture at the University of Munich. Then he decided to become a full-time writer.