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Silenced

How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes are Choking Freedom Worldwide

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This edition published in by Oxford University Press in Oxford, United Kingdom.

Written in English

480 pages

The fatwa against Salman Rushdie awakened many westerners to the danger of being accused of blasphemy in the Muslim world. As this eye-opening volume reveals, accusations of "blasphemy," "apostasy," or "insulting Islam" are increasingly used by authoritarian governments and extremist forces in the Muslim world to acquire and consolidate power. These charges, which traditionally carry a punishment of death, have proved effective in intimidating not only converts and heterodox groups, but also political and religious reformers. In his foreword, the late Indonesian President Wahid observes that coercively applied blasphemy laws "narrow the bounds of acceptable discourse...not only about religion, but about vast spheres of life, literature, science and culture in general."

Silenced provides the first survey of such accusations in the contemporary Muslim world, in international organizations, and in the West. The authors describe hundreds of victims, including political dissidents, religious reformers, journalists, writers, artists, movie makers, and religious minorities throughout the Muslim world. They also document the political effects in Muslim societies of blasphemy and apostasy laws, as well as non-governmental fatwas and vigilante violence. Finally, they address the move toward new blasphemy laws in the West and the increasing threat of violence to stifle commentary on Islam in the West even in the absence of law.

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Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes are Choking Freedom Worldwide
October 31, 2011, Oxford University Press
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Work Description

The fatwa against Salman Rushdie awakened many westerners to the danger of being accused of blasphemy in the Muslim world. As this eye-opening volume reveals, accusations of "blasphemy," "apostasy," or "insulting Islam" are increasingly used by authoritarian governments and extremist forces in the Muslim world to acquire and consolidate power. These charges, which traditionally carry a punishment of death, have proved effective in intimidating not only converts and heterodox groups, but also political and religious reformers. In his foreword, the late Indonesian President Wahid observes that coercively applied blasphemy laws "narrow the bounds of acceptable discourse...not only about religion, but about vast spheres of life, literature, science and culture in general."

Silenced provides the first survey of such accusations in the contemporary Muslim world, in international organizations, and in the West. The authors describe hundreds of victims, including political dissidents, religious reformers, journalists, writers, artists, movie makers, and religious minorities throughout the Muslim world. They also document the political effects in Muslim societies of blasphemy and apostasy laws, as well as non-governmental fatwas and vigilante violence. Finally, they address the move toward new blasphemy laws in the West and the increasing threat of violence to stifle commentary on Islam in the West even in the absence of law.

Edition Description

The fatwa against Salman Rushdie awakened many westerners to the danger of being accused of blasphemy in the Muslim world. As this eye-opening volume reveals, accusations of "blasphemy," "apostasy," or "insulting Islam" are increasingly used by authoritarian governments and extremist forces in the Muslim world to acquire and consolidate power. These charges, which traditionally carry a punishment of death, have proved effective in intimidating not only converts and heterodox groups, but also political and religious reformers. In his foreword, the late Indonesian President Wahid observes that coercively applied blasphemy laws "narrow the bounds of acceptable discourse...not only about religion, but about vast spheres of life, literature, science and culture in general."

Silenced provides the first survey of such accusations in the contemporary Muslim world, in international organizations, and in the West. The authors describe hundreds of victims, including political dissidents, religious reformers, journalists, writers, artists, movie makers, and religious minorities throughout the Muslim world. They also document the political effects in Muslim societies of blasphemy and apostasy laws, as well as non-governmental fatwas and vigilante violence. Finally, they address the move toward new blasphemy laws in the West and the increasing threat of violence to stifle commentary on Islam in the West even in the absence of law.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Authors and Contributors
Foreword
PART I INTRODUCTION
1. Introduction
PART II MUSLIM-MAJORITY COUNTRIES
Introduction to Muslim-Majority Countries
2. Saudi Arabia
3. Iran
4. Egypt
5. Pakistan
6. Afghanistan
7. The Greater Middle East
8. Africa
9. South and Southeast Asia
PART III THE GLOBALIZATION OF BLASPHEMY
Introduction to Western Countries and International Blasphemy
10. Islam and Blasphemy on the International Stage, 1989-2011
11. Legitimizing Repression: Blasphemy Restriction in the United Nations
12. Religiously Incorrect: Islam, Blasphemy, and Hate Speech in Western Domestic Law
13. Enforcement by Violence and Intimidation
PART IV MUSLIM CRITICISM OF APOSTASY AND BLASPHEMY LAWS
Introduction
14. Renewing Qur'anic Studies inthe Contemporary World by Nasr Hamid Abu-Zayd
15. Rethinking Classical Muslim Law of Apostasy and the Death Penalty by Abdullah Saeed
PART V CONCLUSIONS
16. Conclusions
Notes
Index

Contributors

  • Foreword
    Kyai Haji Abdurrahman Walid
  • Contributor
    Nasr Hamid Abu-Zayd
  • Contributor
    Abdullah Saeed

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Number of pages
480
Dimensions
9.2 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
Weight
1.4 pounds

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL25159141M
ISBN 13
9780199812288
LC Control Number
2011004600

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