The issue's special report looks at religion and freedom of expression as well as religious offence. When is the right to religious freedom suppressed or censored? Where do we draw the line between offence and faith and how should society respond?
It looks at persecution of religions around the world, including the Bishop of Bradford Nicholas Baines's account of Christians in Sudan, analysis of China's Uighur Muslim minority community; Islamist challenges to free speech in Turkey; Felix Corley on Uzbekistan, where owning religious texts can get you into trouble; the new law on offence to religious feelings introduced in Russia in July 2013; and clashes between church and state in South Africa. The issue also looks at religious offence and art with Martin Rowson, Samira Ahmed and an interview with playwright Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti to mark the10-year anniversary of the Behzti affair. The issue also publishes, for the first time in English, an extract from Lebanese playwright Lucien Borjely's banned play.
Part I: Special report: Mission creep: Defending religious tolerance and free speech Chapter 1: Sound and Fury - Nick Baines Chapter 2: Cape God - Natasha Joseph Chapter 3: Defending the Right to be Offended - Samira Ahmed Chapter 4: Pressure Points - Kaya Gen? Chapter 5: Telling Difficult Stories - Rachael Jolley Chapter 6: Religion Rules - Alexander Verkhovsky Chapter 7: Turning Point - Salil Tripathi Chapter 8: Stealth Creationists - Sean Gallagher Chapter 9: Religious Intolerance in the Land of Festivals - Ronaldo Pelli Chapter 10: Laugh Out Loud - Martin Rowson Chapter 11: Not Waving, Not Listening - Padraig Reidy Chapter 12: Online Mission - Brian Pellot Chapter 13: Seizing Scriptures - Felix Corley Part II: In Focus Chapter 14: Changing the Rules of the End Game - Jason Daponte Chapter 15: A Net of Our Own? - Sally Gimson Chapter 16: Protest Posted - Philippa McIntyre Chapter 17: Rise of Turkish Citizens' Media - Kaya Gen? Chapter 18: Fight Club - Andrei Aliaksandrau Chapter 19: Muckrackers Synonymous - Rachael Jolley Chapter 20: Portrait of a President - Natasha Joseph Chapter 21: Stamping on the Moderates - Xiao Shu Chapter 22: Gambia Gagged? - Buya Jammeh Chapter 23: China's Darkest Corner - Alim Seytoff Chapter 24: Head to Head - Alice Kirkland and Pam Cowburn Chapter 25: On the Ground in Greece - Christos Syllas Chapter 26: On the Ground in India - Eklavya Gupte Part III: Culture Chapter 27: I Write with Blind Eyes and Forty Fingers - Samar Yazbek Chapter 28: Going Dark - Lucien Bourjeily Chapter 29: Coercion and Warnings - Mohammad Al Ajami Part IV Chapter 30: Index Around the World - Mike Harris Chapter 31: Words Count - Milana Knezevic