Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes are Choking Freedom Worldwide

Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes are Choking Freedom Worldwide


The fatwa opposed to Salman Rushdie woke up many westerners to the risk of being accused of blasphemy within the Muslim global. As this eye-opening quantity unearths, accusations of "blasphemy," "apostasy," or "insulting Islam" are more and more utilized by authoritarian governments and extremist forces within the Muslim global to procure and consolidate energy. those fees, which commonly hold a punishment of loss of life, have proved powerful in intimidating not just converts and heterodox teams, but in addition political and spiritual reformers. In his foreword, the past due Indonesian President Wahid observes that coercively utilized blasphemy legislation "narrow the limits of applicable discourse...not purely approximately faith, yet approximately mammoth spheres of existence, literature, technological know-how and tradition in general."

Silenced offers the 1st survey of such accusations within the modern Muslim global, in foreign companies, and within the West. The authors describe 1000s of sufferers, together with political dissidents, spiritual reformers, reporters, writers, artists, motion picture makers, and non secular minorities in the course of the Muslim global. in addition they record the political results in Muslim societies of blasphemy and apostasy legislation, in addition to non-governmental fatwas and vigilante violence. ultimately, they tackle the circulate towards new blasphemy legislation within the West and the expanding possibility of violence to stifle remark on Islam within the West even within the absence of law.

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