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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Shahrzad Survives for a 1,002nd Night

King Shahriyar has relented once again. Or at least the Egyptian courts have shown some sense, throwing out the stupid case to ban the 1,001 Nights.

You can find my earlier rant about censorship, literature, and this case here.

It was ridiculous, but in the Middle East today that didn't guarantee that it wouldn't go through. I guess the Egyptian courts realize it would make the country look silly.

It's as if some American jurisdiction were to try to ban Huckleberry Finn or The Catcher in the Rye. Oh, wait . . .

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