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blasphemy

Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

The action or offence of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things; profane talk. Recorded from Middle English, the word comes via Old French and ecclesiastical Latin from Greek bl...

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magic realism

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A term coined by Franz Roh (1925), to describe tendencies in the work of certain German artists of the neue Sachlichkeit (new objectivity), characterized by clear, cool, static,...

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Rana Kabbani

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).

(1958– ),

Syrian cultural historian, born in Damascus, educated at the American University of Beirut and Jesus College, Cambridge. After working as an art critic in Paris and as a...

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Salman Rushdie

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1947– )

British writer, born in India, whose novel The Satanic Verses was denounced as blasphemous by many Muslims, leading to a demand for the author's death from Ayatollah...

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