Iconic books are texts revered as objects of power rather than just as words of instruction, information, or insight. In religious and secular rituals around the globe, people carry, show, wave, touch and kiss books and other texts, as well as read them. This blog chronicles such events and activities. (For more about iconic books, see the links to the Iconic Books Project at left.)

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Wall graffiti > desecration charge

I have already pointed out that charges of desecrating scriptures are become increasingly popular weapons of inter-religious conflict, but now the charge of desecration has been extended to the erasure or overwriting ("scribbled lines" according to Daily News & Analysis) of a few Qur'anic verses on the wall of a nursing school in Pakistan. As a result, the principal and four students (all Christians) have been temporarily suspended pending a government investigation.

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