Pierre Vogel

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Pierre Vogel
Pierre Vogel Koblenz 2011 (cropped).jpg
Real name Pierre Vogel
Height 6 ft. 0 in. (183 cm)
Nationality Germany German
Born (1978-07-20) July 20, 1978 (age 37)
Frechen, West Germany
Stance ?
Boxing record
Total fights 7[1]
Wins 6
Wins by KO 2
Losses 0
Draws 1

Pierre Vogel (born July 20, 1978 in Frechen), also known as Abu Hamza[2] (Arabic: أبو حمزة‎) is a German Islamic preacher and a former professional boxer.


Pierre Vogel (on the right) and Bilal Philips speaking at a rally in Frankfurt, April 2011

Vogel converted to Islam in 2001 and shortly thereafter began courses in Islamic studies in Germany, and then studied in Medina.[3][4]

Boxing career[edit]

He turned professional at the age of 22, fighting briefly (for two years) as a cruiserweight for the Sauerland club and was undefeated in seven bouts.[1]

Private life[edit]

Vogel is married to a Muslim Moroccan woman and is father of three children.[5]

Media perception[edit]

He has been described in one German report as a "radical Muslim",[6] while Matthias Matussek, author and commentator for Spiegel Online, described him as representative of the "dark Nazi variant" of Islam in Germany.[7]

When he appeared at a Muslim meeting in Ferihegy,[when?] he said that polygamy is legitimate due to the fact that there are more women than men in Germany.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Pierre Vogel". BoxRec. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  2. ^ The Christian Science Monitor. "German universities move to train next generation of imams". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ [2][dead link]
  5. ^ "RTÉ Television - West of Mecca". Rte.ie. 2015-07-29. Retrieved 2015-10-31. 
  6. ^ "Kundgebung: Umstrittene Islam-Prediger sprechen in Frankfurt - Deutschland - FOCUS Online - Nachrichten" (in (German)). Focus.de. Retrieved 2015-10-31. 
  7. ^ Matussek, Matthias (27 October 2010). "Wir werden die Religion nicht los" (in German). SPIEGEL Online. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Islamistische Missionierung im Saarland: Seite 2 of 2 | hpd" (in (German)). Hpd.de. 2010-05-17. Retrieved 2015-10-31. 

External links[edit]