In this first article of a series on freedom of expression in religion, Naif Al Mutawa, the creator of the comic-book series The 99, reflects on art as “the only language that all humans share in common”, and explores how this concept pertains to the Qur’an.
(Source: Common Ground News Service, 22 January 2008)
In the second article of a series on freedom of expression, Sheikh Ibrahim Ramadan, a religious authority in Islamic law, analyses the Qur'anic verses relating to individual freedom and creativity.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 29 January 2007)
In this third article in our series on freedom of expression, Anisa Mehdi, an Emmy award-winning reporter and producer, explores how the artistic expression of religious subjects pushes “reporters and audiences alike to consider the boundary of art and offence, and to cross-examine closely held concepts of religion.”
(Source: Common Ground News Service, 5 February 2008)
In this fourth article in our series on freedom of expression, Diana Ferrero, a producer for Al Jazeera, discusses her documentary, They Call Me Muslim, which follows the narratives of an Iranian women who wishes she were not forced to wear a headscarf, and a French-women who wishes she could.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 12 February 2008)
In this fifth article in our series on freedom of expression, Marie Korpe, the executive director of Freemuse, looks at provocative art as an opportunity for dialogue between censors and their targets, and considers the conditions under which it can serve as a possible impetus for greater understanding between communities.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 19 February 2008)
In the last article of a series on freedom of expression, Somali poet and journalist, Bashir Goth considers the purpose of art, in light of the recently reignited debate over the Danish cartoons portraying the Prophet Muhammad, and the larger issue of art and freedom of expression when it comes to Muslim-Western relations.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 18 March 2008)
The women of Tunisia have a decisive role to play in shaping Tunisia's future. Fatma Ben Saïdane reminds women of the power of their vote and the importance of civic engagement.
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