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Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression

Comparative, Theoretical and Historical Reflections after the Charlie Hebdo Massacre



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The tension between blasphemy laws and the freedom of expression in modern times is a key area of debate within legal academia and beyond. With contributions by leading scholars, this volume compares blasphemy laws within a number of Western liberal democracies and debates the legitimacy of these laws in the twenty-first century. Including comprehensive and up-to-date comparative country studies, this book considers the formulation of blasphemy bans, relevant jurisprudential interpretations, the effect on society, and the ensuing convictions and penalties where applicable. It provides a useful historical analysis by discussing the legal-political rationales behind the recent abolition of blasphemy laws in some Western states. Contributors also consider the challenges to the tenability of blasphemy laws in a selection of well-balanced theoretical chapters. This book is essential reading for scholars working within the fields of human rights law, philosophy and sociology of religion, and comparative politics.

Product code: 9781108416917

ISBN 9781108416917
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H235xW157xS37
No. Of Pages 770
Publisher Cambridge University Press
This book compares blasphemy laws between Western liberal democracies and discusses the legitimacy of these laws in the twenty-first century. It will appeal to a broad range of scholars interested in the freedom of expression and religion from a variety of perspectives, including regional human rights law and legal theory.