The Fall and Rise of Blasphemy Law
The Fall and Rise of Blasphemy Law
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Blasphemy: A Victimless Crime or a Crime in Search of a Victim? (Flemming Rose)
1. General Introduction (Paul Cliteur and Tom Herrenberg)
2. Blasphemy and the Law: The Fall and Rise of a Legal Non Sequitur (David Nash)
3. The English Law of Blasphemy: The “Melancholy, Long, Withdrawing Roar” (Ivan Hare)
4. On the Life and Times of the Dutch Blasphemy Law (1932–2014) (Paul Cliteur and Tom Herrenberg)
5. Death of a Princess (Paul Cliteur, Laetitia Houben and Michelle Slimmen)
6. Rushdie’s Critics (Paul Cliteur and Tom Herrenberg)
7. John Stuart Mill’s “If All Mankind Minus One” Tested in a Modern Blasphemy Case (Paul Cliteur, Tom Herrenberg & Bastiaan Rijpkema)
8. Religious Freedom and Blasphemy Law in a Global Context: The Concept of Religious Defamation (Mirjam van Schaik)
9. Blasphemy, Multiculturalism, and Free Speech in Modern Britain (Rumy Hasan)

Paul Cliteur, Tom Herrenberg (eds)

The Fall and Rise of Blasphemy Law

"This collection centers around two trends that currently influence freedom of expression. The first trend confirms the fact that many Western countries have become, over a long period of time, less strict about sacrilegious expression. In the process, many repealed their blasphemy laws or became less harsh in their punishment of blasphemy, hence “the fall of blasphemy law”. The second trend manifests an opposite movement, hence “the rise of blasphemy law”. Over the last decades, namely, Western societies have witnessed multiple attempts to suppress speech that defames religion. To be sure, one particularly vicious way of re-energizing these interdicts against blasphemy has come from radical believers intent upon removing blasphemy from the public domain by violent means. With contributions by scholars from a wide range of disciplines, this volume seeks to offer an examination of topical issues relating to freedom of expression, censorship, and blasphemy in contemporary multicultural democracies. Foreword by Flemming Rose."

Paul Cliteur

Paul Cliteur is professor of jurisprudence at the University of Leiden. He has been visiting professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, and at Ghent University. He is the author of The Secular Outlook (2010) and coeditor of The Fall and Rise of Blasphemy Law (2016).

Tom Herrenberg

Tom Herrenberg is a PhD candidate at Leiden Law School and a visiting researcher at the University of Oxford in 2016.