Bloody Blasphemy: Antagonizing Religious Minorities in Indonesia and Pakistan


Endy Bayuni

Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 97


Washington, D.C.: East-West Center

Publication Date: March 2, 2011
Binding: electronic
Pages: 2
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Blasphemy can be a deadly affair in Indonesia and Pakistan, two of Asia's largest Muslim-majority countries. Triggered by allegations of blasphemy, virulent mob attacks against those perceived to have offended Islam have rocked the two countries in recent months. While Indonesia and Pakistan have laws that specifically address issues of blasphemy, those unfortunate enough to be labeled blasphemers are rarely taken to court. Encouraged by, if not with tacit approval from, conservative Muslim leaders, Indonesian and Pakistani mobs have been taking the law into their own hands instead. Endy Bayuni analyzes recent incidents of violence in regards to religious minorities in Indonesia and Pakistan.

The views expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the East-West Center or any organization with which the author is affiliated.


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