Rahila Gupta

The right to blasphemy: is this the boundary between civilisation and barbarism?

21 August 2017 Former Charlie Hebdo journalist Zineb El Rhazoui collects fatwas like badges of honour. Her recent book outlines similarities between the Islamic and European far right. In heated debates following the 2015 massacre at Charlie Hebdo, apologists for the violence condemned the ‘racism’ of its cartoons. Staff of the French satirical magazine were frequently … Continue reading

Surviving a machete attack: the story of Bangladeshi-American freethinker Bonya Ahmed

3 August 2017 The growth of religious fundamentalist forces in Bangladesh poses life-threatening challenges to atheists and secularists. “We stand on the right side of history” was the title of the keynote speech given by Bonya Ahmed, a Bangladeshi-American freethinker, at the international Conference on Freedom of Conscience and Expression in London last month. The price she … Continue reading