Taslima Nasrin

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(Critical Guide to Censorship and Literature)

In poems, novels, and newspaper columns Nasrin has advocated equal rights for women and attacked male chauvinism in a country dominated by conservative Islam. In September, 1993, for example, members of an obscure religious group called the Soldiers of Islam met in the northeastern town of Sylhet and demanded Nasrin’s execution, posting a reward for her death.

Nasrin’s 1993 novel, Lajja, or Shame, containing scenes in which Muslim men rape Hindu women, sparked a campaign against her that escalated in Bangladesh into riots and increases in the amounts offered for her murder. Her case became an international cause célèbre when the Bangladeshi government banned her novel and decided to prosecute her under an nineteenth century...

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