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Literature suppressed on religious grounds /
Margaret Bald.
edition
Rev. ed.
imprint
New York : Facts On File, 2006.
description
xxiii, 440 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0816062692 (hc : alk. paper)
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series title
imprint
New York : Facts On File, 2006.
isbn
0816062692 (hc : alk. paper)
general note
At head of title: Banned books.
catalogue key
6058327
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Margaret Bald is a journalist, editor, and consultant to the United Nations
First Chapter
Censorship of religious and philosophical speculation is as old as history and as current as today's headlines. Many of the world's major religious texts, including the Bible, the Talmud, the Koran, and others, have been suppressed, condemned, or proscribed at some time. Works of secular literature touching upon religious belief or reflecting dissenting views have also been suppressed.
Literature Suppressed on Religious Grounds, Revised Edition profiles the censorship of many such essential works of literature. The entries new to this edition include extensive coverage of the Harry Potter series, which has been frequently banned in the United States on the grounds that it promotes witchcraft, as well as entries on two popular textbook series, The Witches by Roald Dahl, Women Without Men: A Novel of Modern Iran, and more. Also included are updates to such entries as The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie and On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin.
New and updated entries include:
The Advancement of Learning (Francis Bacon)
The Age of Reason (Thomas Paine)
The Analects (Confucius)
The Bible
The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution (Roger Williams)
The Book of Common Prayer (Thomas Cranmer)
Children of the Alley (Naguib Mahfouz)
The Critique of Pure Reason (Immanuel Kant)
Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (Galileo Galilei)
Discourse on Method (Rene Descartes)
Don Quixote (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)
The Harry Potter series
(J.K. Rowling)
The Koran
The Last Temptation of Christ (Nikos Kazantzakis)
Meyebela: My Bengali Girlhood (Taslima Nasrin)
On the Origin of Species (Charles Darwin)
Popol Vuh
The Red and the Black (Stendhal)
The Satanic Verses (Salman Rushdie)
Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India (James W. Laine)
The Talmud
Voyages to the Moon and the Sun (Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac)
Zhuan Falun: The Complete Teachings of Falun Gong (Li Hongzhi)
and more.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2012-02-01:
The third edition of "Banned Books" features 41 new titles, expanding the four-volume series (previous reviews, rev. ed., CH, Mar'07, 44-3598, 44-3598a, 44-3598b, 44-3598c) to nearly 500 suppressed books. The set includes several popular contemporary works, such as the entire Harry Potter series, Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, and Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series. The large number of international titles indicates censorship's pervasiveness across cultures. All 12 additions to On Political Grounds, for example, are international in origin, including works by Nobel Prize winners Herta Muller (The Appointment, 2001) and Orhan Pamuk (Snow, 2004). Each volume updates entries by noting recent challenges, but large portions of the text remain unaltered from previous editions. No overlap exists between volumes: books banned for multiple reasons are featured only once in the series. Literary works remain the central focus, but numerous scientific and political texts are also featured. Karolides (Univ. of Wisconsin, River Falls), Bald (freelance journalist), and Sova (Montclair State Univ.) contribute introductions that discuss censorship within their subject areas and explore changes over the past half decade.Unyielding extremism and religious conservatism appear to be the major forces behind these suppressions, but two of the editors identify new, troubling trends. Sova suggests an increase in "preventative banning," wherein officials "neglect to purchase a book that has aroused controversy." In such cases, the books are never made available, which makes documenting instances of suppression extremely difficult. Likewise, Bald describes "preemptive censorship by publishers motivated by fear of violence," citing Jytte Klausen's The Cartoons That Shook the World (CH, May'10, 47-5266) as an example. The book discusses the protests over the controversial publication of 12 cartoons of Muhammad by a Danish newspaper in 2005. Klausen's publisher (Yale University Press) decided to remove examples of the images, fearing they might reignite the furor. When the Index on Censorship (CH, Dec'11, 49-xxxx) published an interview with Klausen about Yale's censorship, it likewise refused to publish the cartoons. That such esteemed publishers engage in self-censorship suggests the troubling extent of the censorship issue. As in earlier editions, every entry in this set contains a summary of the book, a censorship history, and a selection of further readings. Each volume includes a list of all titles covered by the series, arranged under the four main categories; however, a single, alphabetical list with category cross-references would be more useful, given the lack of a cumulative index. This minor complaint aside, the superb content of these titles makes them an excellent addition to libraries concerned with censorship issues. This set is indispensable for student projects during Banned Books Week. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and general readers. R. M. Roberts Lincoln Land Community College
Appeared in Library Journal on 2006-12-01:
Both of these books from Facts On File's "Banned Books" series (which also includes Literature Suppressed on Sexual Grounds and Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds) are revised versions of the 1998 editions. Karolides (Encyclopedia of Censorship) includes information on over 100 banned titles. An entry of two to ten pages is devoted to each title, including its publication information (e.g., date of first publication, publisher), summary of the work, censorship history, and a list of resources for further reading. The works examined are varied, both as to the type of work and the national origin of the author. Many entries are revisions of those from the 1998 edition (e.g., George Orwell's Animal Farm), but some are included for books published beyond 1998 (e.g., Jonathan C. Randal's After Such Knowledge, What Forgiveness?). Journalist Bald's book follows the same format, although the entries are a bit shorter. Additions to the entries from the 1998 edition include the Harry Potter books and James W. Laine's Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India. While many of the books examined here were published decades or even centuries ago, the focus of religious censorship has changed in recent years, with a shift toward concerns voiced by the Religious Right (in the United States, for example). Both the preface and the entries discuss this shift. This series is intended for students in ninth grade and above, and the writing level seems appropriate for both high school and college students. The summaries are sufficiently meaty to give the reader an understanding of the issues surrounding the attempted suppression of the works. The censorship history sections are of particular interest and are sufficiently detailed to allow for follow-up research. Bottom Line Although libraries owning the previous edition might consider forgoing purchase of this set, we have seen a sufficient number of relevant societal changes in the last eight years to make the purchase necessary. Recommended for all public, school, and academic libraries.-Denise Johnson, Bradley Univ., Peoria, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Summaries
Main Description
Censorship of religious and philosophical speculation is as old as history and as current as today's headlines. Many of the world's major religious texts, including the Bible, the Talmud, the Koran, and others, have been suppressed, condemned, or proscribed at some time. Works of secular literature touching upon religious belief or reflecting dissenting views have also been suppressed. Literature Suppressed on Religious Grounds, Revised Edition profiles the censorship of many such essential works of literature. The entries new to this edition include extensive coverage of the Harry Potter series, which has been frequently banned in the United States on the grounds that it promotes witchcraft, as well as entries on two popular textbook series, The Witches by Roald Dahl, Women Without Men: A Novel of Modern Iran, and more. Also included are updates to such entries as The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie and On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin. New and updated entries include: *The Advancement of Learning (Francis Bacon) *The Age of Reason (Thomas Paine) *The Analects (Confucius) *The Bible *The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution (Roger Williams) *The Book of Common Prayer (Thomas Cranmer) *Children of the Alley (Naguib Mahfouz) *The Critique of Pure Reason (Immanuel Kant) *Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (Galileo Galilei) *Discourse on Method (Rene Descartes) *Don Quixote (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) *The Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling) *The Koran *The Last Temptation of Christ (Nikos Kazantzakis) *Meyebela: My Bengali Girlhood (Taslima Nasrin) *On the Origin of Species (Charles Darwin) *Popol Vuh *The Red and the Black (Stendhal) *The Satanic Verses (Salman Rushdie) *Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India (James W. Laine) *The Talmud *Voyages to the Moon and the Sun (Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac) *Zhuan Falun: The Complete Teachings of Falun Gong (Li Hongzhi) *and more.
Long Description
New and updated entries include: - America: The Book (Jon Stewart) - The Basketball Diaries (Jim Carroll) - Bus Stop (Gao Xingjian) - Captain Underpants series (Dav Pilkey) - Forever (Judy Blume) - Gulliver's Travels (Jonathan Swift) - Harry Potter series (J. K. Rowling) - The Man Died (Wole Soyinka) - Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck) - On the Origin of Species (Charles Darwin) - The Politics of Dispossession (Edward Said) - The Satanic Verses (Salman Rushdie) - Sex (Madonna) - To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) - Waiting (Ha Jin) - We All Fall Down (Robert Cormier) - The Witches series (Roald Dahl) - Women Without Men: A Novel of Modern Iran (Shahrnush Parsipur).
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. xi
Works Discussed in This Volumep. xvi
Literature Suppressed on Religious Groundsp. 1
Censored Writers on Religious Censorshipp. 361
Biographical Profilesp. 367
Bibliographyp. 385
Works Discussed in the Other Volumes of This Seriesp. 401
Indexp. 425
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