Freedom of Expression Debates in Europe and the Muslim World after 9/11 discusses freedom of expression debates as it relates to Islam that emerged in Europe after 9/11 and subsequent Muslim reaction. The major controversies covered are the Jyllands-Posten (2005) cartoons in Denmark, the Charlie Hebdo caricatures and the attacks on its offices in 2015 in France, as well as Dutch film controversy of 2008 are analyzed at length. Socio-political conditions in respective countries in relation to Muslims are also taken into account along with detailed description of the background of each controversy. The Western concept of freedom of expression and religion is examined both theoretically and in light of relevant laws at domestic, regional and international levels. Minor controversies regarding freedom of Muslim expression in different European countries are also surveyed with reactions of international human rights organizations. The Laws governing freedom of expression, freedom of religion and blasphemy in major European and Muslim countries are also given space. The book tries to find the answer to a burning question: i.e., what is freedom of expression and what are its limitations? In search of the answer, the book tries to encompass all relevant aspects of the debate both from the West in general, Europe in particular, and the Muslim World.
Haris bin Aziz is postdoctoral visiting fellow at the Department of International History, London School of Economics and Political Science.
Chapter 1. Controversies Regarding Freedom of Expression and Muslims in Europe
Chapter 2. Freedom of Expression and Its Limitations in Europe
Chapter 3. Muslims and the Freedom of Religion in Europe
Chapter 4. The Debate Outside Europe and Muslim Response
Chapter 5. Freedom of Expression and Religion in the Muslim World
I read a draft of Haris bin Aziz’s book, Freedom of Expression Debates in Europe and the Muslim World after 9/11, learnt from it and found it very valuable.
"Beyond the clash of civilization thesis in the broader context of 9/11, Haris bin Aziz's study Freedom of Expression Debates in Europe and the Muslim World after 9/11, locates common perspectives in the projected differences between the Muslim and the western world. A must read for those who envision a shared world through a thoughtful search for the common ground in the intellectual traditions between Islam and the West."
Haris bin Aziz’s Freedom of Expression Debates in Europe and the Muslim World after 9/11 is a masterful study, an important and welcome addition at time when Islamophobia has gone viral in Europe and globally. Haris provides an in depth and heavily documented study for scholars, students and policymakers. The author focuses on controversies and issues regarding freedom of expression and of religion and their impact on Muslims and their freedom in Europe. Equally important, Haris also looks at the debate about freedom of religion and its expressions outside Europe in the Muslim world and Muslim responses.
"In his book, Dr Haris Bin Aziz tackles down a most important issue in the contemporary world: the freedom of expressions, with a focus on how the 9/11 drama caused a renegotiation of the relations between the Western world and the Muslims. The main contribution of his work is to show that, despite the claims made by Western powers, the principle of freedom of expression, as it is know in the international institutions, is not universal. As a matter of fact, it results from historical and cultural processes that occurred in the West. Consequently, Dr. Haris Bin Aziz highlights the emergency to re-work the principle of freedom of speech, with Western powers, but also with all the non-Western countries of the world. One can surmise it would be a strong path to build a universal peace."