Knud Holmboe

in Horsens, Denmark
April 22, 1902

October 13, 1931

Knud Valdemar Gylding Holmboe (April 22, 1902 Horsens Danmark - October 13, 1931 Aqaba Jordan) was a Danish journalist and explorer who converted to Islam after travels in North Africa. Born in Horsens he travelled to Morocco as a young man, in order to familiarize himself with Islam and learn the Arabic language.
Upon his conversion, Holmboe changed his name to Ali Ahmed. Driving through the Sahara in an old Chevrolet, he left the beaten track to discover the communities and landscape of the desert. Knud Holmboe was shocked to observe European violence against the indigenous populations of the North African colonies. Based on these travel experiences, he produced a book in 1931 entitled Desert Encounter (Danish: Ørkenen Brænder), in which h

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Desert Encounter

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“أعتقد أن الإسلام هو المسيحية الحقة"
مواجهة الصحراء”
Knud Holmboe

“and what was left was only man calling to Almighty God, aching to feel another human heart beating next to his own, so that together they could defy the eternal emptiness”
Knud Holmboe, Desert Encounter