Death To the Author

As Muslim mobs demand her death, a writer faces government charges

Her face is among the best known in her homeland, a status most authors would envy. In Taslima Nasrin's case, it is cause for dread. The writer whose image is framed by a noose on hundreds of vindictive placards went into hiding two months ago when her challenge of Scripture prompted legal charges and Muslim fatwas, or religious decrees, calling for her death. Last week, as she emerged from a Toyota sedan into Dhaka's High Court building, a black head scarf and tinted glasses disguised her features. She appeared grim and jittery through a 45-minute hearing that ended with her release...

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