Magazine November 28, 2011, Issue

Religious Rights

Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes Are Choking Freedom Worldwide, by Paul Marshall and Nina Shea (Oxford, 480 pp., $35)

This book is indispensable for anyone seeking to understand the degree to which the freedoms of religion and expression are being violated in Muslim-majority countries, and why this development has serious consequences for the West. The book’s first part discusses the blasphemy and apostasy laws in Muslim-majority countries, the second focuses on Muslim attempts to globalize these laws, and the third presents criticisms of these laws written by prominent Muslim intellectuals.

The first part is the most shocking and informative. While most people are aware that freedoms of expression and religion are restricted in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, Nina Shea and

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Religious Rights

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Letters

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Poetry

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