Blasphemy

Author: David Lawton

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812215038

Category: Religion

Page: 242

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Blasphemy deals with popular and literary culture, religion and racism, law, social power, and international relations. Its scope extends from the Old Testament to the fatwa imposed on Salman Rushdie and the Gulf War.

Blasphemy

Verbal Offense Against the Sacred, from Moses to Salman Rushdie

Author: Leonard Williams Levy

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9780807845158

Category: Religion

Page: 688

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What society considers blasphemy - a verbal assault against the sacred - is a litmus test of the standards it believes to be necessary to preserve unity, order, and morality. Society has always condemned as blasphemy what it regards as an abuse of liberty

Blasphemy

A Novel

Author: Tehmina Durrani

Publisher: Penguin Books India

ISBN: 9780140280043

Category: Muslim women

Page: 229

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Set In South Pakistan, This Controversial Novel Is A Searing Study Of Evil. It Is The Tragic And Shocking Story Of The Beautiful Heer, Brutalized And Corrupted By Pir Sain, The So-Called Man Of God Whom She Is Married To At The Age Of Fifteen.

Blasphemy

Author: Douglas Preston

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0230738974

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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Deep in an Arizona mountain, the world’s largest supercollider will probe what happened at the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. The brainchild of Nobel laureate Gregory North Hazelius, the supercollider, given the name Isabella, is the most expensive machine ever built. Some people think it may unlock the mysteries of the universe. Some think it will create a mini black hole that will suck in the earth. Powerful televangelist Don T. Spates thunders that Isabella is a satanic attempt to disprove Genesis and challenge God Almighty on the very throne of heaven. He’ll do anything to stop Isabella from reaching its goal. When Hazelius and his team of twelve scientists start up Isabella, they make an extraordinary discovery – one that must be hidden from the world at all costs. Wyman Ford, ex-monk and CIA operative, is hired by the US government to wrest from the team their dark secret. A secret that will either destroy the world . . . or save it. ‘This baby roars . . . the pages simply fly’ Publishers Weekly ‘A superb read! A page-turning thriller about science and religion in which good and evil collide at the speed of light. You’ll be up all night with this book’ Jeffrey Deaver

Dangerous Speech

A Social History of Blasphemy in Colonial Mexico

Author: Javier Villa-Flores

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 9780816525638

Category: Political Science

Page: 242

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Dangerous Speech is the first systematic treatment of blasphemous speech in colonial Mexico. This engaging social history examines the representation of blasphemy as a sin and a crime, and its repression by the Spanish Inquisition. The Spanish colonists viewed blasphemy not only as an insult against God but also as a dangerous misrepresentation of the deity, which could call down his wrath in a ruinous assault on the imperial enterprise. Why then, asks Villa-Flores, did Spaniards dare to blaspheme? Having mined the periodÕs moral literatureÑphilosophical works as well as royal decrees and Inquisition treatises and trial records in Spanish, Mexican, and U.S. archives and research librariesÑVilla-Flores deftly interweaves images of daily life in colonial Mexico with vivid descriptions of human interactions to illustrate the complexity of a culture profoundly influenced by the Catholic Church. In entertaining and sometimes horrifying vignettes, the reader comes face to face with individuals who used language to assert or manipulate their identities within that repressive society. Villa-Flores offers an innovative interpretation of the social uses of blasphemous speech by focusing on specific groupsÑconquistadors, Spanish settlers, Spanish women, and slaves of both gendersÑas a lens to examine race, class, and gender relations in colonial Mexico. He finds that multiple motivations led people to resort to blasphemy through a gamut of practices ranging from catharsis and gender self-fashioning to religious rejection and active resistance. Dangerous Speech is a valuable resource for students and scholars of colonialism, the social history of language, Mexican history, and the changing relations of gender, class, and ethnicity in colonial Latin America.

Blasphemy

A Memoir: Sentenced to Death Over a Cup of Water

Author: Asia Bibi,Anne-Isabelle Tollet

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1613748922

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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In June 2009 a Pakistani mother of five, Asia Bibi, was out picking fruit in the fields. At midday she went to the nearest well, picked up a cup, and took a drink of cool water, and then offered it to another woman. Suddenly, one of her fellow workers cried out that the water belonged to Muslim women and that Bibi—who is Christian—had contaminated it. “Blasphemy!” someone shouted, a crime punishable by death in Pakistan. In that instant, with one word, Bibi’s fate was sealed. First attacked by a mob, Bibi was then thrown into prison and sentenced to be hanged. Since that day, Asia Bibi has been held in appalling conditions, her family members have had to flee their village under threat from vengeful extremists, and the two brave public figures who came to Bibi’s defense—the Muslim governor of the Punjab and Pakistan’s Christian Minister for Minorities—have been brutally murdered. In Blasphemy, Asia Bibi, who has become a symbol for everyone concerned with ending an unjust law that allows people to settle personal scores and that kills Christians and Muslims alike indiscriminately, bravely tells her shocking and inspiring story and makes a last cry for help from her prison cell. Proceeds from the sale of this book support Asia Bibi’s family, which has been forced into hiding. Asia Bibi is currently in prison in Pakistan awaiting the result of her appeal against the death sentence she was given in 2009. She dictated her story secretly, through intermediaries, to Anne-Isabelle Tollet, an international reporter for news channel France 24 who was the permanent correspondent in Islamabad from 2008 to 2011.

Das Licht von vierzig Monden

Roman

Author: Nadia Hashimi

Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE

ISBN: 3732555704

Category: Fiction

Page: 527

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Affäre, Ehebruch oder uneheliche Schwangerschaft - den meisten Insassinnen im Frauengefängnis von Kabul werden moralische Verbrechen zur Last gelegt. Doch bei Zeba ist das anders. Sie soll ihren Ehemann brutal erschlagen haben. Ist die dreifache Mutter wirklich eine kaltblütige Mörderin? Ihr Anwalt Yusuf, ein ehrgeiziger junger Mann mit amerikanischem Abschluss, ist von Zebas Unschuld überzeugt. Aber er kann diese nicht beweisen, solange Zeba ihm nicht anvertraut, was wirklich passiert ist ...

Blasphemy in the Christian World

A History

Author: David Nash

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191614351

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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Tracing the subject from the Middle Ages to the present, David Nash outlines the history of blasphemy as a concept - from a species of heresy to modern understandings of it as a crime against the sacred and individual religious identity. Investigating its appearance in speech, literature, popular publishing and the cinema, he disinters the likely motives and agendas of blasphemers themselves, as well as offering a glimpse of blasphemy's victims. In particular, he seeks to understand why this seemingly medieval offence has reappeared to become a distinctly modern presence in the West.

Blasphemy

New and Selected Stories

Author: Sherman Alexie

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 0802194060

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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Sherman Alexie’s stature as a writer of stories, poems, and novels has soared over the course of his twenty-book, twenty-year career. His wide-ranging, acclaimed stories from the last two decades have established him as a star in contemporary American literature. A bold and irreverent observer of life among Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest, the daring, versatile, funny, and outrageous Alexie showcases all his talents in Blasphemy, where he unites twelve beloved classics with twelve new stories in one sweeping anthology for devoted fans and first-time readers. Included here are some of his most esteemed tales, including “What You Pawn I Will Redeem,” "This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona,” “The Toughest Indian in the World,” and his most recent, “War Dances.” Alexie’s twelve new stories are fresh and quintessential, about amateur and donkey basketball leagues, extreme hoarding, lethal wind turbines, marriage, and all species of contemporary warriors in America today. An indispensable collection of new and classic stories, Blasphemy reminds us, on every thrilling page, why Sherman Alexie is one of our greatest contemporary writers and a true master of the short story.

The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom

Rebellion and the Blasphemy of Empire

Author: Thomas H. Reilly

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 9780295984308

Category: History

Page: 235

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Occupying much of Imperial China’s Yangzi River heartland and costing over twenty million lives, the Taiping Rebellion (1851–1864) was no ordinary peasant revolt. What most distinguished this dramatic upheaval from earlier rebellions was the Taiping faith of the rebels. Inspired by a Protestant missionary tract, the core of the Taiping faith focused on the belief that Shangdi, the high God of classical China, had chosen the Taiping leader, Hong Xiuquan, to establish his Heavenly Kingdom on Earth.

Blasphemy, Insult and Hatred

Finding Answers in a Democratic Society

Author: N.A

Publisher: Council of Europe

ISBN: 9789287166784

Category: Social Science

Page: 313

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Mutual understanding and acceptance is perhaps the main challenge of modern society. Diversity is undoubtedly an asset, but cohabiting with people of different backgrounds and ideals calls for a new ethic of responsible intercultural relations, in Europe and in the World. This book tries to answer a series of pertinent and poignant questions arising from these issues, such as whether it is still possible to criticise ideas when this may be considered hurtful to certain religious feelings; whether society is hostage to the excessive sensitivity of certain individuals; or what legal responses there may be to these phenomena, and whether criminal law is the only answer.

Blasphemy

How the Religious Right is Hijacking the Declaration of Independence

Author: Alan Dershowitz

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470084553

Category: Political Science

Page: 195

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Looks at the diverse ways the religious right has been abusing the Declaration of Independence in an effort to Christianize America, countering arguments that the document was founded on biblical law.

Orhan Pamuk, Secularism and Blasphemy

The Politics of the Turkish Novel

Author: Erdag Goknar,Erdağ M. Göknar

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415505372

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 314

View: 8853

Orhan Pamuk, Secularism and Blasphemy is the first critical study of all of Pamuk's novels, including the early untranslated work. In 2005 Orhan Pamuk was charged with "insulting Turkishness" under Article 301 of the Turkish penal code. Eighteen months later he was awarded the Nobel Prize. After decades of criticism for wielding a depoliticized pen, Pamuk was cast as a dissident through his trial, an event that underscored his transformation from national literateur to global author. By contextualizing Pamuk's fiction into the Turkish tradition and by defining the literary and political intersections of his work, Orhan Pamuk, Secularism and Blasphemy rereads Pamuk's dissidence as a factor of the form of his novels. This is not a traditional study of literature, but a book that turns to literature to ask larger questions about recent transformations in Turkish history, identity, modernity, and collective memory. As a corrective to common misreadings of Pamuk's work in its international reception, Orhan Pamuk, Secularism and Blasphemy applies various analytical lenses to the politics of the Turkish novel, including gender studies, cultural translation, historiography, and Islam. The book argues that modern literature that confronts representations of the nation-state, or devlet, with those of Ottoman, Islamic, and Sufi contexts, or din, constitute "secular blasphemies" that redefine the politics of the Turkish novel. Concluding with a meditation on conditions of "untranslatability" in Turkish literature, this study provides a comprehensive and critical analysis of Pamuk's novels to date.

The Book Of Blasphemy

Author: Biker Bob

Publisher: Authors On Line Ltd

ISBN: 9780755201389

Category:

Page: 256

View: 7361

God can't find three spaceships...He hasn't been paying attention!!! conventional unconventionality of post-modern novels. literary agent totalising explanations for the way the world is. theatre programme disrupts all the conventional circuits printed in our minds. old friend of the author

Prisoner for Blasphemy

Author: George William Foote,Guild of S. Matthew (London, England)

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Blasphemy

Page: 180

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