Censorship in the Study of Early Islam

Author(s) Philip Wood
Contact Philip Wood, Aga Khan university, 10 Handyside Street, London, UK. Email: philip.wood@aku.edu
Issue CyberOrient, Vol. 15, Iss. 2, 2021, pp. 78-99
Published December 20, 2021
Type Comment
Abstract This article argues that an important driver for complaints about anti-Muslim blasphemy has been the political and legal environment of Pakistan. It examines a case where an academic text on early Islam was suppressed because of fears over its reception in Pakistan. It argues that university presses ought to keep open a space where ideas can be critiqued in a non-polemical fashion, but that, in this case, the globalized network in which university presses operate has served to stifle open discussion.
Keywords censorship, blasphemy, early Islam, Pakistan, Britain