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About the Author
Table of ContentsPreface. The Ethnography of a Military StateChapter 1. Pakistan’s Military State and Civil SocietyChapter 2. Muhammad, the MessengerChapter 3. Blasphemy Laws’ EvolutionChapter 4. Colonial Origins, Ambiguities, and Execution of the Blasphemy LawsChapter 5. Risky Knowledge, Perilous Times: History’s Martyr Mansur HallajChapter 6. Blasphemy Cultures and Islamic EmpiresConclusion. The Affiliates: Where To?Appendices 1. Fieldwork 2. Text of Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws 3. A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission 4. The Hudood Ordinance Qanun-e Shahadat, the Law of Evidence 5. Fate of a Teacher Accused of Blasphemy to Be Decided TodayNotesBibliographyIndex
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"Focusing largely upon Pakistan, this book vividly illustrates the growing frenzy within some contemporary Muslim societies to exterminate those perceived as religious deviants. The author’s personal experiences, as well as the open support recently extended by Pakistan’s legal community to those who kill alleged blasphemers, are part of a disturbing global trend. That this slide into medieval barbarism can happen in the twenty-first century makes one fear for the future of the human species."
"Professor Abbas’s own fatwah provoked her to inquire into the origin of Pakistan’s ‘blasphemy laws.’ General Haq and his mullahs updated models invented by the Abbasids, the Omayyads and the rest of the Islamic theocracies. Her surprising conclusion: ‘blasphemy laws’ were derived not from the Qur’an but from Islamic polities. Literate illiterates still twist Surah 53:11 to enforce their zeal for civic unity."
"Shemeem Abbas has written a courageous and important book, the first of its kind on blasphemy laws of Pakistan. It is an important contribution to the history of Pakistan and of Islam, and urgent reading in today’s troubled times. While a scholarly monograph, the book is written in an engaging, easy-to-read style, and especially because of its use of visual materials such as posters, charts, and maps, is an excellent introductory book for lay readers as well as students of Islam and Pakistan, and for scholars of the field of Islamic Studies as well."