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Title The fall and rise of blasphemy law / edited by Paul Cliteur & Tom Herrenberg
Published [Leiden] : Leiden University Press, [2016]
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Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Preface; Foreword -- Blasphemy: A Victimless Crime or a Crime in Search of a Victim?; 1 General Introduction; 2 Blasphemy and the Law: The Fall and Rise of a Legal Non Sequitur; 3 The English Law of Blasphemy: The "Melancholy, Long, Withdrawing Roar"; 4 On the Life and Times of the Dutch Blasphemy Law (1932-2014); 5 Death of a Princess; 6 Rushdie's Critics; 7 John Stuart Mill's "If All Mankind Minus One" Tested in a Modern Blasphemy Case; 8 Religious Freedom and Blasphemy Law in a Global Context: The Concept of Religious Defamation
9 Blasphemy, Multiculturalism and Free Speech in Modern BritainBibliography; List of Contributors; Index
Summary This collection centers around two trends that currently influence freedom of expression. The first trend confirms the fact that many Western countries have become, over a long period of time, less strict about sacrilegious expression. In the process, many repealed their blasphemy laws or became less harsh in their punishment of blasphemy, hence "the fall of blasphemy law". The second trend manifests an opposite movement, hence "the rise of blasphemy law". Over the last decades, namely, Western societies have witnessed multiple attempts to suppress speech that defames religion. To be sure, one
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Subject Blasphemy -- Western countries -- History
Offenses against religion -- Western countries -- History
Offenses against religion.
Western countries.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Cliteur, P. B., editor
Herrenberg, Tom, editor
ISBN 9400602715