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Profane : sacrilegious expression in a multicultural age

Author: Christopher S Grenda
Publisher: Los Angeles, California : University of California Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Humans have been uttering profane words, and incurring the consequences, for millennia. But recent events-from the violence that followed Danish newspaper cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed, in 2006, to the furor over The Innocence of Muslims, in 2012-indicate that blasphemy has reemerged in explosive transnational form. In an age when electronic media transmit offense as rapidly as profane images and texts
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher S Grenda
ISBN: 9780520277229 0520277228
OCLC Number: 861955177
Description: xiv, 350 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of Illustrations; Foreword; Introduction: On the Modern Confluence of Blasphemy, Free Expression, and Hate Speech; PART ONE. CREATING SPACE FOR SACRILEGIOUS EXPRESSION; 1. Thick-Skinned Tolerance: Satire, the Sacred, and the Rise of the Modern; 2. The Productive Obscene: Philip Roth and the Profanity Loop; 3. Defaced: The Art of Blaspheming Texts and Images in the West; PART TWO. SACRILEGE AND DEMOCRATIC DEVELOPMENT; 4. Blasphemy and Free Thought in Jacksonian America: The Case of Abner Kneeland 5. Secular Blasphemies: Symbolic Offense in Modern DemocracyPART THREE. CIVILITY, THE SACRED, AND HUMAN RIGHTS; 6. Muslim Political Theology: Defamation, Apostasy, and Anathema; 7. Protesting Sacrilege: Blasphemy and Violence in Muslim-Majority States; 8. The Indonesian Blasphemy Act: A Legal and Social Analysis; 9. Profound Offense and Religion in Secular Democracies: An Australian Perspective; 10. Blasphemy versus Incitement: An International Law Perspective; Afterword: Blasphemy beyond Modernism.
Responsibility: edited by Christopher S. Grenda, Chris Beneke, and David Nash ; foreword by Martin E. Marty.

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Humans have been uttering profane words and incurring the consequences for millennia. This volume examines the profound difficulties blasphemy raises for modern societies.  Read more...

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