Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Azerbaijan: State's theological review bans Sunni book "deemed unsuitable"


Following a police and State Committee raid on her shop in the capital Baku, yet another bookseller has been fined for selling religious books without state permission.

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Source/Credit: Forum 18 News
By Felix Corley | February 13, 2018

The State Committee for Work With Religious Organisations has banned a so-far unpublished book on Islam by prominent Sunni Muslim theologian Elshad Miri. The State Committee conclusion that Miri's book is "deemed unsuitable for publication" and could therefore "have a negative influence on religious stability" is based entirely on theological objections to his interpretation of his faith, Forum 18 notes.

Miri complained to Forum 18 that the ban on his book was based on "subjective considerations". He also condemned the system of state censorship of religious literature. "I think that in a world where media exist on the internet, it is not right to forbid anyone to think freely," he told Forum 18. The official who wrote the review refused to speak to Forum 18 (see below).

Following a police and State Committee raid on her shop in the capital Baku, yet another bookseller has been fined for selling religious books without state permission. Ruhiyya Mehdiyeva was fined about four months' average wage on 1 February.



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