Islamic Law, Blasphemy and the Concept of Freedom of Speech:
From Non-Traditional Security Perspective
Freedom of speech and personal freedom are the natural and constitutional rights of every citizen in any society. However, the interpretation of these rights varies from society to society according to their respective socio-cultural, politico-constitutional principles, and religious teachings. Human beings are confronted with paradox of blasphemy and freedom of speech. The misinterpretation of blasphemy and right to freedom of expression of opinion has created great stir in the circles of scholars at different periods and also resulted in the persecution of prominent scholars and other people. This paper highlights the status of freedom of speech, and its critical evaluation in Islamic Law so as to understand its concept of blasphemy, its teachings on freedom of speech, and on personal security.
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