Freedom of Expression in Islam


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Acknowledgements Preface to the Revised Edition Part One: Preliminary I. Introduction II. Definition and Scope III. Rights and Fundamental Rights Notes to Part One Part Two: Affirmative Evidence I. Introductory Remarks II. The Qur'anic Principle of Hisbah III. Sincere Advice (Nasihah) IV. Consultation (Shura) V. Personal Reasoning (Ijtihad) VI. Freedom to Criticise (Hurriyyat al-Mu'aradah) VII. Freedom to Express an Opinion (Hurriyyat al-Ra'y) VIII. Freedom of Association IX. Freedom of Religion (Al-Hurriyyah al-Diniyyah) Conclusion Notes to Part Two Part Three: Moral Restraints I. General Themes II. Special Subjects Notes to Part Three Part Four: Legal Restraints I. Introductory Remarks II. Public Utterance of Hurtful Speech III. Slanderous Accusation (Qadhf) IV. Libel (Iftira') V. Insult (Sabb; Shatm) VI. Cursing (La'n) VII. Attribution of Disbelief to a Muslim (Takfir al-Muslim) VIII. Sedition (Fitnah) IX. Blasphemy (Sabb Allah wa Sabb al-Rasul) Notes to Part Four Conclusion Appendix I Appendix II Appendix III Appendix IV Appendix V Bibliography Glossary Index

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Prof Mohammad H. Kamali is Chairman of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He was formerly Professor of Law at the International Islamic University Malaysia, where he taught Islamic law and jurisprudence for over twenty years.


'Freedom of Expression in Islam will almost certainly inform all future discussion of its theme.'

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