The Fall and Rise of Blasphemy Law

“A stimulating and well-argued book.” – Eric Barendt, author of Freedom of Speech (2nd ed. 2005) and Emeritus Professor of Media Law, Faculty of Law, University College London.

“Freedom of speech cannot flourish alongside laws criminalizing blasphemy, since criticism of religion is among the most fundamental of freedoms. The trend against blasphemy laws, documented in this fine book, must be extended beyond the West, and most especially to Muslim countries if their citizens are to be free.” – Alan Dershowitz, Professor of Law, Emeritus, Harvard Law School.

“A most welcome volume on one of the important issues of our time. A rich and impressive collection of articles.” – Menachem Mautner, author of Law & the Culture of Israel (2011) and Professor of Comparative Civil Law and Jurisprudence, Tel Aviv University.

 “The contributors to this volume oppose this drive of an Islamic policing of speech worldwide. The contributors rightly argue for the freedom to criticize all religions, and Islam is no exception. The authors of this volume are to be congratulated for their courage to revive freedom of expression and to dismantle any curtailing of this freedom as a new authoritarianism.” – Bassam Tibi, founder of Islamology and a Professor Emeritus of International Relations at the University of Göttingen, formerly Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University, and Bosch Fellow of Harvard University.

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