This essay will try to find the roots of censorship in Islam. The question of
whether believers of Islam are given the intellectual freedom to express their concerns,
questions and complaints about Islam will be explored. In addition, I will explore the role
of the Shar’ia and whether freedom of speech was permitted. Are the rights given to
every Muslim by the Quran being protected? If not, what is the present state of Islamic
nations? What reasoning is given for people being exiled for raising their voice against
Islam? The introduction of this paper should highlight what Islam intended for its
followers and whether the freedom to express yourself was given to every Muslim
citizen. After drawing on what Islam intended for its followers, I will trace the political
regimes in the Middle East and how Islamicism and fundamentalism spread to keep
Western schools of thought and influence away from the Middle East. I will talk about
the rare, revolutionary voices that cried for change within the Middle Eastern sphere or
criticized its operations, including Nizar Qabbani, Salman Rushdie and Taslima Nasreen.
In addition, I will cover the media’s treatment of censorship in Islam as critiqued by
Some of the rebelling voices of Islam were banished from their native countries
for expressing their thoughts and for simply proposing an alternative way of lifestyle.
Politics and conservatism strangled such voices from having an impact in society and in
many cases publications by such individuals were burned and the individuals themselves
were killed or their lives threatened. Most cases ended in death, exile or a fatwa from
Muslim clerics. (Rushdie, Qabbani, and Nasreen)
Mass media is also heavily affected by censorship in the Middle East, (political
cartoons, newspapers). Political cartoonists turn artwork into a revolutionary act by using
artwork to send a political message to...