Paul Marshall and Nina Shea

in Silenced

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199812264
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919383 | DOI:

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In this survey we cover three things. First, we provide an overview of the actual practice and the consequent dire effects of current blasphemy and apostasy restrictions in some major contemporary Muslim countries. We then outline ongoing attempts over the last two decades, within the United Nations system, to conform international human rights standards to blasphemy and apostasy restrictions. Finally, we give an overview of the growth of increasing anti-blasphemy demands in the West, by force of law and by extralegal threats and violence, imposed on those suspected of insulting Islam. We also examine the consequent chilling of debate and the self-imposed silence taking place within the broader community.

Keywords: Islam; muslims; apostasy; blasphemy; insulting Islam; human rights; freedom of religion; freedom of speech; United Nations

Chapter.  7035 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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