Freedom of Expression: Finding a Balance between Two Extremes

Sonya Shami


This study deals with the concept of freedom of expression in the West and compares it with its concept in Islam. It also examines some aspects of the practical application of this right, whether in the West or in Muslim countries, and the foundations on which it is applied, and the means by which it is expressed, giving examples of modern practices and allegations which either support this right or demolish it. This research aims to discuss the two extremes of freedom of expression, as well as the opposing parties, and the conditions and criteria that apply on the basis of security measures to restrict or control or adjust or prosecute. Finally this research seeks to find a balance between the two extremes, which draws features from the Islamic religion, and emphasizes the need to deduct the most important Divine foundations to ensure justice and security for all.

Keywords: Freedom of Expression, Balance, Islam, Extremes, Freedom of Speech, Coexistence.

DOI: 10.7176/IAGS/88-04

Publication date: December 31st 2020

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