Subject: Religion, Political/Economic/Social Opinion
Medium: Literature, Textbook, Print Journalism
Artist: Various authors censored
Confronting Bodies: The Islamic Research Center at Al-Azhar University
Dates of Action: 1997
Description of Artwork: 196 books written by various authors.
The Incident: The Islamic Research Center at Al-zhar University has legal authority to censor, but not to confiscate, all publications dealing with the Koran and Islamic scriptural texts. In recent years the Center has passed judgment on the suitability of nonreligious books and artistic productions. In 1997, Al-Azhar University compiled a list of 196 books to be banned on various moral and religious grounds.
Results of Incident: Al-Azhar University censored and banned 196 books due to their moral or religious content