Profane: Sacrilegious Expression in a Multicultural Age

Profane: Sacrilegious Expression in a Multicultural Age

Chris Beneke


people were uttering profane phrases and incurring the implications for millennia. yet modern events—from the violence in 2006 that Danish newspaper cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed to the 2012 furor over the Innocence of Muslims video—indicate that controversy pertaining to blasphemy has reemerged in explosive transnational shape. In an age while digital media transmit offense as swiftly as profane photos and texts should be produced, blasphemy is bracingly proper again.

during this quantity, a exclusive forged of overseas students examines the profound problems blasphemy increases for contemporary societies. individuals research how the sacred is shaped and maintained, how sacrilegious expression is conceived and controlled, and the way the ensuing conflicts withstand effortless adjudication. Their reviews variety throughout artwork, historical past, politics, legislation, literature, and theology. a result of worldwide nature of the matter, the volume’s strategy is comparative, studying blasphemy throughout cultural and geopolitical boundaries.

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