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Censorship in Islamic Societies.

By Trevor Mostyn published by Saqi Books ISBN 0 86356 041 5 price: 16.95 [pounds sterling] ISBN 0 86356 098 9 price: 29.95 [pounds sterling]

This timely work studies the turbulent question of freedom of expression in Islamic culture; through its arts, culture, politics and history. The history of Islam is one of tolerance; the prophet Mohammed drew up a charter offering freedom of conscience to Muslims, while respecting the biblical traditions of Jews and Christians.

Censorship in Islamic Societies studies freedom and its suppression, analysing certain landmarks that have fuelled Islamophobia in the West: the 1980 transmission on British TV of Death of a Princess; the execution for blasphemy in Khartoum of Muhammad Taha in 1985; Ayatollah Khomeini's 1989 fatwa declaring Salman Rushdie an apostate; the banning of the gynaecologist and writer Taslima Nasrin's Lajja for its sexual explicitness; and the forced annulment of the Egyptian Abu Zayd's marriage in 1994.
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Author:Rhodes, Fred
Publication:The Middle East
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Nov 1, 2002
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