Nasr Hamed Abu Zayd is one of the few cult heroes of the Islamic world. As a brilliant and brave liberal theologian, Abu Zayd is known for his modern and challenging interpretations of the Qur’an and Islam. Though his views were not particularly unusual, his writings and public lectures led to a life of controversies, scandals and ludicrous court battles that rendered him an exile from his native Egypt and labelled an apostate by much of the Muslim world. This fierce all-access portrait by M. Ali Atassi captures six years of Abu Zayd’s life on tour where public lectures turn into tense intellectual battles and television interviews transform into crises of conscience. In the midst of barrings, bannings, rulings and a forced divorce from his wife, a professor of French Literature, Abu Zayd is revealed as a humanist with a lion’s heart. Fuelled by a rich sense of humour, a love of life and an insatiable curiosity for spirituality, his passing in July this year makes this fascinating portrait of a genius all the more potent.