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Malaysia authorities seize book for conflicting with Islamic Law

Malaysia's Administration for Islamic Affairs confiscates book by Canadian-Pakistani writer for including ideas seen as incompatible with Islamic Law

MENA, Wednesday 30 May 2012
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Malaysian authorities have confiscated a book by Canadian-Pakistani writer Irshad Mongi, recently published under the title 'God, Freedom and Love.' The book has ignited considerable controversy in Malaysia for including ideas seen as conflicting with Islamic Law.

Wann Jaafar, director of Malaysia's Administration for Islamic Affairs, said in a statement that the decision to confiscate the book was taken according to Malaysian law, which bans the printing, recording or distribution of any written materials found to conflict with Islamic Law.

Jaafar condemned a statement by the book's publisher, who said that the publishing house was mulling legal action aimed at having the decision overturned. Jaafar said the decision was the sole responsibility of the Administration for Islamic Affairs and did not conflict with Malaysian law.

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