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Blasphemy: A Very Short Introduction

Yvonne Sherwood

August 2021

ISBN: 9780198797579

168 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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This book considers the steady presence of blasphemy in our world today, even as society grows increasingly secular. Discussing some of the most famous cases of blasphemy, it looks at factors such as the increased visibility of religious and racial minorities, new media, and engines of surveillance, and the legacies of colonial blasphemy laws.

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This book considers the steady presence of blasphemy in our world today, even as society grows increasingly secular. Discussing some of the most famous cases of blasphemy, it looks at factors such as the increased visibility of religious and racial minorities, new media, and engines of surveillance, and the legacies of colonial blasphemy laws.

  • Offers a global analysis of blasphemy across different religions and contexts
  • Analyses why blasphemy persists today, even as society grows increasingly secular
  • Considers some of the most famous cases of blasphemy, along with lesser know instances
  • Discusses the influence of colonial histories of blasphemy as a Christian export
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Yvonne Sherwood, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Kent

Yvonne Sherwood has spent thirty years teaching in British universities, including Kings College London, the University of Glasgow, and the University of Kent. She has had fellowships and grants from the British Academy; was the Speakers Lecturer at the University of Oxford in 2015; and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Oslo in 2017. Her many books include Biblical Blaspheming: Trials of the Sacred for a Secular Age (2012) shortlisted for the American Academy Awards for Excellence Book Prize; The Invention of the Biblical Scholar: A Critical Manifesto (with Stephen D. Moore, 2011); and The Bible and Feminism: Remapping the Field (2017).

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction: 'Blasphemous' crucifixions
    2:Blasphemy in scarequotes
    3:Blasphemy in religion
    4:Blasphemy in law
    5:Blasphemy and minorities
    6:Blasphemy and media
    References and Further Reading
    Index