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A historical and theological look at the sentiment against figural representations, caricatures in Islam
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A historical and theological look at the sentiment against figural representations, caricatures in Islam

Most religious groups are highly reactionary to any insult hurting their belief system, but in Islam it is of particular concern when the images, portraits or sound of God and the Prophets are involved.

'Always believed I would be freed': Aasia Bibi, Pakistani Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy charges, tells BBC
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'Always believed I would be freed': Aasia Bibi, Pakistani Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy charges, tells BBC

Aasia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian woman who was cleared by the country's Supreme Court of blasphemy charges after spending eight years on death row, has said that she always believed she would be freed

Death sentence for Pakistani scholar Junaid Hafeez for 'blasphemous' posts on Facebook; lawyer slams 'spineless system'
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Death sentence for Pakistani scholar Junaid Hafeez for 'blasphemous' posts on Facebook; lawyer slams 'spineless system'

A court in Pakistan has awarded a death sentence to Junaid Hafeez, a visiting lecturer at the Department of English Literature of the Bahauddin Zakariya University in Multan city of Punjab Province, who was booked for blasphemy and arrested on 13 March, 2013

Asia Bibi, freed from death row by Pakistan Supreme Court, calls for reform in 'harsh' blasphemy law
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Asia Bibi, freed from death row by Pakistan Supreme Court, calls for reform in 'harsh' blasphemy law

Asia Bibi was the first woman to be sentenced to death under Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws

Mobs set Hindu shops ablaze in Pakistan after veterinarian uses pages of holy book to wrap medicines
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Mobs set Hindu shops ablaze in Pakistan after veterinarian uses pages of holy book to wrap medicines

Mobs set ablaze shops belonging to the Hindus after a veterinary doctor allegedly tore pages of a holy book and wrapped medicines in them in Pakistan's Sindh province, according to a media report.

'Asia Bibi is now free': US welcomes Pakistani Christian's arrival in Canada, says blasphemy laws jeopardise fundamental freedom
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'Asia Bibi is now free': US welcomes Pakistani Christian's arrival in Canada, says blasphemy laws jeopardise fundamental freedom

The US welcomed the reunification of Asia Bibi with her family in Canada, months after her death sentence in Pakistan was overturned.

Asia Bibi, Pakistani Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after decade-long battle against death sentence, arrives in Canada
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Asia Bibi, Pakistani Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after decade-long battle against death sentence, arrives in Canada

Though her daughters are believed to have already fled to Canada, Bibi's lawyer Saif ul Malook confirmed to BBC that she has already arrived in Canada, and her daughters are understood to have been granted asylum there.

No country for an Asia Bibi
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No country for an Asia Bibi

Blasphemy is a highly sensitive issue in Pakistan. In an environment of relative impunity, the state’s opportunistic appeasement of extremist groups dedicated to the implementation of the stringent laws encourages their use as a potent tool of persecution and prevents reasoned debate or reform.

Sculpture of crucified Ronald McDonald sparks uproar in Israel; Christians call artwork an 'affront to religious symbols'
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Sculpture of crucified Ronald McDonald sparks uproar in Israel; Christians call artwork an 'affront to religious symbols'

Images of the exhibits in Israel's Haifa Museum of Art began circulating on social media last week, and in a Friday demonstration outside the museum, protestors wounded three police officers with stones. Two Molotov cocktails also hit the museum in recent days, police said.

Asia Bibi to spend Christmas under guard in Pakistan despite being cleared of blasphemy charges amid threats from extremists
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Asia Bibi to spend Christmas under guard in Pakistan despite being cleared of blasphemy charges amid threats from extremists

Asia Bibi — a former labourer who was on death row for eight years — remains a prime target in conservative Muslim-majority Pakistan.

Asia Bibi: A case which showed how Pakistan's laws have become instruments of vendetta, malice
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Asia Bibi: A case which showed how Pakistan's laws have become instruments of vendetta, malice

Given the context in which blasphemy allegations are made — including severe infringements to the right to a fair trial because of the threats to the accused, their families, judges and lawyers, as well as the bias against the blasphemy accused that impacts the impartiality of the process — it is unlikely that the Asia Bibi judgment alone would make a difference in how future cases are decided

Asylum application filed for Asia Bibi in Netherlands a day after Pakistan dispels rumours of her leaving country
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Asylum application filed for Asia Bibi in Netherlands a day after Pakistan dispels rumours of her leaving country

Asia's lawyer, Saif-ul-Mulook, who himself fled from Pakistan to the Netherlands, earlier this week told CNN that the application, filed for Asia, her husband and their two children, has been submitted to the authorities. The lawyer had fled to the European nation following threats to his life.

Pakistan authorities say reports of Asia Bibi leaving Pakistan 'fake news'; Information minister urges media to 'act responsibly'
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Pakistan authorities say reports of Asia Bibi leaving Pakistan 'fake news'; Information minister urges media to 'act responsibly'

Pakistani authorities on Thursday rejected as "fake news" reports that Asia Bibi who was released from a jail a week after the Supreme Court overturned her conviction and death sentence for blasphemy has left for the Netherlands

Asia Bibi released from jail after blasphemy death sentence reversed; sent to secure location amid fear of attack
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Asia Bibi released from jail after blasphemy death sentence reversed; sent to secure location amid fear of attack

Asia Bibi, 53, was convicted of blasphemy in 2010 over allegations she made derogatory remarks about Islam after neighbours objected to her drinking water from their glass because she was not Muslim. She always denied having committed blasphemy.

Asia Bibi case: Imran Khan's climbdown after warning to protesters shows tackling extremism remains tough in 'Naya Pakistan'
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Asia Bibi case: Imran Khan's climbdown after warning to protesters shows tackling extremism remains tough in 'Naya Pakistan'

The threats held out by Imran Khan in his speech warning of action against protesters meant little. In the end, prudence prevailed over valour.

Pakistan court commutes Christian woman Asia Bibi's death penalty for blasphemy in 2010 case; protests break out in Karachi
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Pakistan court commutes Christian woman Asia Bibi's death penalty for blasphemy in 2010 case; protests break out in Karachi

Pakistan's Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned the conviction of a Christian woman facing execution for blasphemy, a landmark verdict that sparked protests in the Islamic nation.

Pakistan's Supreme Court to rule on Christian woman facing death sentence over blasphemy allegations
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Pakistan's Supreme Court to rule on Christian woman facing death sentence over blasphemy allegations

Asia Bibi was condemned for allegedly making derogatory remarks about Islam after neighbours objected to her drinking water from their glass because she was not Muslim. Her case has outraged Christians worldwide and been a source of division within Pakistan, where two politicians who sought to help Bibi were assassinated.

Karma is, indeed, a bitch; but there’s more to the Abhijit Iyer-Mitra and Konark Temple battle
India

Karma is, indeed, a bitch; but there’s more to the Abhijit Iyer-Mitra and Konark Temple battle

Abhijit Iyer-Mitra's purported crime is describing the iconic Konark temple as a "humple", based on the explicit representations of sex on its façade.

Uproar expected in Punjab as Amarinder govt moves to table bill introducing amends to Section 295 AA blasphemy law today
India

Uproar expected in Punjab as Amarinder govt moves to table bill introducing amends to Section 295 AA blasphemy law today

The Punjab government's proposed decision to amend Section 295 AA, a law which makes acts of sacrilege against the holy books — Guru Granth Sahib, Gita, Quran, Bible — of major religions punishable with life imprisonment, is expected to cause quite an uproar as the bill will be tabled in Punjab assembly on Tuesday.

Punjab's proposed amendment to blasphemy law Section 295 AA: Amarinder's move arms religious fanatics against free speech
India

Punjab's proposed amendment to blasphemy law Section 295 AA: Amarinder's move arms religious fanatics against free speech

The Punjab government's proposed decision to amend Section 295 AA, a law which makes acts of sacrilege against the holy books — Guru Granth Sahib, Gita, Quran, Bible — of major religions punishable with life imprisonment, is expected to cause quite an uproar as the bill will be tabled in Punjab assembly on Tuesday.