The Fall and Rise of Blasphemy Law

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Paul Cliteur, Tom Herrenberg
  • Chicago, IL: 
    University of Chicago Press
    , November
     268 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


In contemporary politics two conflicting trends have influenced freedom of expression. The first confirms that many Western countries have become less strict about sacrilegious expression and repealed their blasphemy laws or withdrew much of their punishment for blasphemy. Yet the second trend manifests in an opposing movement, often couched in terms of religious freedom, which attempts to reconcile free speech with freedom of religion by punishing expressions deemed, for instance, “hate speech.” With contributions by scholars from a wide range of disciplines, this book offers an examination of topical issues relating to both of these movements, looking at freedom of expression, censorship, and blasphemy in contemporary multicultural democracies.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Paul Cliteur is professor of jurisprudence at Leiden Law School.

Tom Herrenberg is a PhD candidate at Leiden Law School.



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