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Islam and controversy : the politics of free speech after Rushdie / Anshuman A. Mondal

Mondal, Anshuman A. (Anshuman Ahmed), 1972- (author.)
ISBN 9781137471673 (paperback)
Publicerad: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
Engelska xi, 248 pages
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Innehållsförteckning Sammanfattning Ämnesord
  • Machine generated contents note: -- AcknowledgementsIntroductionPART I1. From Blasphemy to Offensiveness: The Politics of Controversy2. What is Freedom of Speech For?3. A Difficult Freedom: Towards Mutual Understanding and the Ethics of ProprietyPART II4. The Self-Transgressions of Salman Rushdie: Re-Reading The Satanic Verses5. Visualism and Violence: On the Art and Ethics of Provocation in the Jyllands-Posten Cartoons and Theo Van Gogh's Submission6. Romancing the Other: The Jewel of the Medina and the Ethics of GenrePART III7. Satire, Incitement and Self-Restraint: Reflections on Freedom of Expression and Aesthetic Responsibility in Contemporary BritainNotesIndex.
  • "Was Salman Rushdie right to have written The Satanic Verses? Were the protestors right to have protested? What about the Danish cartoons? Is giving offence simply about the right to freedom of expression, and what is really happening when people take offence? Using case studies of a number of Muslim-related freedom of speech controversies surrounding (in)famous, controversial texts such as The Satanic Verses, The Jewel of Medina, the Danish cartoons of Muhammed and the film Submission by Theo van Gogh, this book examines the moral questions raised by such controversies, questions that are often set aside at the time, such as whether the authors and artists involved were right to have done what they did and whether those who protested against them were right to have responded in such a way. In so doing, it argues that the giving and taking of offence are political performances that struggle to define and re-define freedom, and suggests that any attempt to establish a language of inter-cultural communication appropriate to multicultural societies is an ethical as opposed to merely political or legal task, involving dialogue and negotiation over fundamental values and principles. Overall, this important book constitutes a sustained critique of liberal arguments for freedom of speech, in particular of the liberal discourse that took shape in response to the Rushdie controversy and has, in the twenty-five years since, become almost an orthodoxy for many intellectuals, artists, journalists and politicians living and working in Britain (and elsewhere in the West) today. "-- 


Islam and literature.  (LCSH)
Freedom of speech in literature.  (LCSH)
Freedom of the press  -- History -- 20th century. (LCSH)
Freedom of the press  -- History -- 21st century. (LCSH)
Literature and society.  (LCSH)
Censorship.  (LCSH)
East and West in literature.  (LCSH)


Rushdie, Salman.: Satanic verses. 


PN605.I8 (LCC)
809/.9338297 (DDC)
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