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July 14, 2009

Provoking the faithful

An Iranian artist has been sentenced to a five year prison term for setting the Koran to music. I would express outrage and alarm but I am writing from Canada and am in no position to point fingers. In Canada, we call our sharia courts "human rights commissions".

Mohsen Namju is accused of having ridiculed the Koran, "reciting it in a western and anti-Islamic style". One of the major experts on recitation of the the Koran in Iran, Abbas Salimi, reported the musician to the Islamic court in Tehran. The court found the artist guilty for having breached "Islamic morality".

After the sentence, Abbas Salimi was reportedly "very satisfied" and underlined the importance of "defending the sacredness of god's book".

"No-one should be able to ridicule it," he said. Under Islamic law, music is allowed if it does not result in provoking the faithful.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 14, 2009 08:24 AM