Author: David Lawton
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
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.
Verbal Offense Against the Sacred, from Moses to Salman Rushdie
Author: Leonard Williams Levy
Publisher: UNC Press Books
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
Author: Tehmina Durrani
Publisher: Penguin Books India
Category: Muslim women
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.
Author: Robert Spence Watson Pollard
How the Religious Right is Hijacking the Declaration of Independence
Author: Alan Dershowitz
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Political Science
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.
Finding Answers in a Democratic Society
Publisher: Council of Europe
Category: Social Science
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.
Author: Douglas Preston
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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
A Philological-historical Study of the Key Jewish Themes Impacting Mark 14:61-64
Author: Darrell L. Bock
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
The true, heartbreaking story of the woman sentenced to death over a cup of water
Author: Asia Bibi
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Punjab, Pakistan, June 2009. The temperature is 45° and Asia has been out picking fruit for several hours. It's exhausting, sweaty work, but Asia and her husband have five children to feed. At midday she goes to the nearest well, picks up a cup and takes a long drink of cool water. She refills the cup, drinks some more and then offers it to another woman. Suddenly one of her fellow workers cries out that the water belongs to the Muslim women and that with her actions, Asia - who is Christian - has contaminated it. An argument ignites and in an instant, with one word, Asia's fate is sealed. 'Blasphemy!' someone shouts. In Pakistan this is a charge punishable by death. First attacked by a mob, Asia was soon after thrown into prison and then sentenced to be hanged. Since then she has been kept in a windowless cell. Her family have had to flee their village, under threat from vengeful extremists. In the wave of accusation that followed, only two public figures came to Asia's defence: the Muslim governor of the Punjab and Pakistan's Christian Minister for Minorities. Both have since been brutally murdered. Here, in equal measures shocking and inspiring, Asia Bibi, who has become a symbol for everyone concerned with ending the violence committed in the name of religion, bravely speaks to us from her prison cell.
Author: David Nash
Publisher: OUP Oxford
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.
How Religious Fundamentalism Is Challenging Fundamental Human Rights
Author: Darara Timotewos Gubo
Publisher: Lexington Books
Category: Political Science
A growing importance of religion in international politics has resulted in rising polarization among nation states, which in turn has presented new challenges to international human rights principles. This book deals with some of these new challenges in Muslim states and their impact on human rights, and offers a solution.
From Islamic Empires to the Taliban
Author: Shemeem Burney Abbas
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Under the guise of Islamic law, the prophet Muhammad's Islam, and the Qur'an, states such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Bangladesh are using blasphemy laws to suppress freedom of speech. Yet the Prophet never tried or executed anyone for blasphemy, nor does the Qur'an authorize the practice. Asserting that blasphemy laws are neither Islamic nor Qur'anic, Shemeem Burney Abbas traces the evolution of these laws from the Islamic empires that followed the death of the Prophet Muhammad to the present-day Taliban. Her pathfinding study on the shari'a and gender demonstrates that Pakistan's blasphemy laws are the inventions of a military state that manipulates discourse in the name of Islam to exclude minorities, women, free thinkers, and even children from the rights of citizenship. Abbas herself was persecuted under Pakistan's blasphemy laws, so she writes from both personal experience and years of scholarly study. Her analysis exposes the questionable motives behind Pakistan's blasphemy laws, which were resurrected during General Zia-ul-Haq's regime of 1977–1988—motives that encompassed gaining geopolitical control of the region, including Afghanistan, in order to weaken the Soviet Union. Abbas argues that these laws created a state-sponsored "infidel" ideology that now affects global security as militant groups such as the Taliban justify violence against all "infidels" who do not subscribe to their interpretation of Islam. She builds a strong case for the suspension of Pakistan's blasphemy laws and for a return to the Prophet's peaceful vision of social justice.
Speaking of the Sacred in an Age of Human Rights
Author: Austin Dacey
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
In the days of Moses, blasphemy was the mortal offence of failing to respect the divine. In an age of human rights, blasphemy is understood as a failure to respect persons, as insult, defamation, or "advocacy of religious hatred." The criminalisation of this personal blasphemy has been advanced at the United Nations and upheld by the European Court of Human Rights, which has asserted a universal "right to respect for religious feelings." The Future of Blasphemy turns respect on its head. Respect demands that we grant each other equal standing in the moral community, not that we never offend. Politically, respect for citizens requires a public discourse that is open to all viewpoints. Going beyond the question of free speech versus religion, The Future of Blasphemy defends an ethical model of blasphemy. Controversies surrounding sacrilege are contests over what counts as sacred, disagreements about what has central, inviolable, and incommensurable value. In such public contestation of the sacred, each of us-secular and religious alike-has equal right to speak on its behalf.
New and Selected Stories
Author: Sherman Alexie
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
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.
Author: James Nathan Post
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
BURN THIS BOOK! This is a book of prophetic declaration to debunk the idolatry and bigotry of the fundamental dogma and precepts of the religions based upon belief in the idol known as The God of Abraham, in the hope of freeing mankind from the spiritual blackmail of those religions to recognize God is much greater than the despot described in any of the books of Holy Scripture.
Author: John Brinsley
Publisher: Puritan Publications
Printed by Edmund Calamy, and with a hearty recommendation from Simeon Ashe, this powerful work by John Brinsley explains 2 Timothy 3:2, “For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers...” He explains that in his day (and now in ours) there were those who "sigh and cry" for many abominable blasphemies which are expressed and belched out into the face of God's Divine Majesty. His purpose is to demonstrate and create a Scriptural antidote to the many "contagions" that roam the corridors of the church, and blaspheme Jesus Christ and his people. In this masterful treatise he covers the biblical definitions of blasphemy, how God is personally blasphemed, what are heretics and false professors, gives a number of applications to the text, and demonstrates how Christians may avoid blaspheming God. You may think, "I don't do that so I don't need this work," but that would be presumptuous. Every Christian, every day, is faced with various instances of bringing reproach to Christ and his word. This work is an antidote to those temptations. This is not a scan or facsimile, has been updated in modern English for easy reading and has an active table of contents for electronic versions.
Author: Neville Cox
Category: Political Science
Before the Municipal Court, in Boston, Mass. at the January Term in 1834
Author: Abner Kneeland
Author: Jerry D. Truex
This doctoral thesis provides evidence that during the later part of the first century, certain Jewish Christians, who produced and propagated the Fourth Gospel, were perceived to be blasphemous and therefore "cut off" (karet) from the synagogue as reflected in John 9:22, 12:42, and 16:2. This study reviews recent research on blasphemy, offers analysis based on hundreds of ancient Jewish texts, and examines seven Jewish traditions pertaining to blasphemy, including cursing God, naming The Name, and sinning with a high hand. A composite portrait of blasphemy is sketched and compared with the theological claims of the Fourth Gospel. Three theological claims of the Fourth Gospel stand out as potentially blasphemous: Jesus is equal with God, Jesus and the Johannine Community constitute the New Temple, and Judean religious leaders are not of God. The perception of blasphemy and the inability to tolerate it explains why some Jewish Christians could not remain in the synagogue.