Banning Islamic Books in Australia

Richard Pennell, Pam Pryde, Emmett Stinson
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Banning Islamic Books in Australia

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15 June 2011

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Banning Islamic Books in Australia

Richard Pennell, Pam Pryde, Emmett Stinson
In 2005, the Australian Federal Police referred eight Islamic books to the Australian Classification Board. The goal was to secure a ban of the books, all of which were alleged to advocate 'terrorist acts'. After nearly a year of review, and intense public debate, two of the books were refused classification and effectively banned in a move that would have severe repercussions for librarians, scholars, authors and the state of free speech in Australia.
Banning Islamic Books in Australia examines the cultural and political contexts that led up to the ban, and the content of the books themselves in an attempt to determine what it was that made them seem so dangerous. It also documents the unintended consequences of the ban on library collections and academic freedom, and how this in turn affects free speech in contemporary Australia.

Islamic Studies Series - Volume 9
In 2005, the Australian Federal Police referred eight Islamic books to the Australian Classification Board. The goal was to secure a ban of the books, all of which were alleged to advocate 'terrorist acts'. After nearly a year of review, and intense public debate, two of the books were refused classification and effectively banned in a move that would have severe repercussions for librarians, scholars, authors and the state of free speech in Australia.
Banning Islamic Books in Australia examines the cultural and political contexts that led up to the ban, and the content of the books themselves in an attempt to determine what it was that made them seem so dangerous. It also documents the unintended consequences of the ban on library collections and academic freedom, and how this in turn affects free speech in contemporary Australia.

Islamic Studies Series - Volume 9

Richard Pennell

Richard Pennell did both his BA (in Arabic and Spanish) and his PhD (in Islamic History) at the University of Leeds in Britain. Before joining the History Department at the University of Melbourne he taught at the National University of Singapore, at the University of Nairobi in Kenya, at Garyounis University in Benghazi, Libya, and at Bogazici University in Turkey. His most recent books are Morocco since 1830: A History and Morocco: From Empire to

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Pam Pryde

Pam Pryde is curator of Special Collections in the Baillieu Library at the University of Melbourne and treasurer for the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand. Her interest is in book history—the book as a physical object—and articles she has written on this topic can be found in the Script & Print: Bulletin of the Bibliographical Society of Australia & New Zealand. For many years she has also been involved with the craft…

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Emmett Stinson

Emmett Stinson

Emmett Stinson is a Lecturer in Literary Cultures and Head of English at the University of Tasmania. He is the author of Satirizing Modernism and the short story collection, Known Unknowns. He is a co-founder and former president of the Small Press Network and served on the federal Book Industry Strategy Group. He is also a co-author (with Richard Pennell and Pam Pryde) of Banning Islamic Books in Australia. He won the Melbourne…

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