More religious meddling

5 Nov, '03

An Egyptian poet will defy an edict by Muslim authorities calling for his latest book to be withdrawn because of its explicit sexual nature.

Ahmed Shahawi said the ruling against Commandments of Love for Women had nothing to do with religion.

The book’s publishers argue Al-Azhar University can only recommend what books people should read, not ban them.

Egyptian literary and human rights groups have protested against the edict as a threat to freedom of expression.

They say it demonstrates the increasing censorship practiced by religious institutions.

Source: BBC News

Why can’t these people just leave alone? The greatest threat to Arab and Muslim creativity are these self-appointed thought police…

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