I’ve lost count of how many blasphemy prosecutions I’ve written about in the Muslim world. The latest is from Malaysia, where a bookstore manager has been arrested and faces two years in prison for selling an unapproved book to a customer. The Star, a Malaysian newspaper, reports:
A bookstore manager was charged in the Syariah High Court here with distributing a banned book by Canadian author Irshad Manji.
Nik Raina Nik Abdul Aziz, 36, was accused of distributing the book titled Allah, Liberty and Love, which had been translated into Bahasa Malaysia.
She allegedly committed the offence at Borders bookshop at Level 3, The Gardens Mall in Mid Valley City here on May 23.
She faces a RM3,000 fine or maximum two years’ jail or both under Section 13(1) Syariah Criminal Offences Act (Federal Territories) 1997, if convicted.
Madness, as always.