Innocence of Muslims: Blasphemy, Islam and Public Disorder - A Holy Analysis
ILI Law Review Winter Issue 2018 Vol. II
28 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2019
Date Written: 2018
When a caricature on Prophet Mohammed(PBUH), published in a newspaper, can lead to violent protests erupting in the Arab world with economic boycotts, threats of retaliations and envoys being recalled and embassies closed; a filmmaker can get murdered in cold blood for making a short film about Muslim Women who shift from total submission to dialogue with God; it is not hard to imagine the fate meted out to a semi-porn video reviling the Prophet on YouTube. Ever since a fatwa was issued against Salman Rushdie for his infamous Satanic Verses, a volcanic reaction for blasphemous expressions offending the sensibilities of Muslims has become an expected reality. It is not unheard of the state to ban books, movies or even disallowing an author from exercising his/her legitimate right to freedom of expression in the interest of public order. This paper, which is originally a part of the thesis “Freedom of Expression and Maintenance of Public Order: Contemporary Issues and State Response,” is a small attempt to analyze the nexus between Islam, blasphemy and public order justification of the state for curbing freedom of expression.
Keywords: Blasphemy, Islam, Public Order, India, Freedom of Expression
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