(An up-to-date list of banned books for 2007 is now up on the KDN's website.)
The ministry's Publication and Quranic Text Control Division secretary Che Din Yusoh said some of the books were found to contain facts that deviated from the Islamic teaching to the extent of possibly endangering the moral of readers and causing public disorder.The banned books include a number of locally written small-press publications dealing with subjects like the "secrets" of women, how to perform better in the bedroom, and men's sexual problems. Sex manuals in other words.
He said the rest were banned because they contained explicit sexual descriptions and were not suitable for public reading.
"If the publications are allowed it can give rise to confusion and anxiety among the Muslims and hence can endanger public moral* and order," he said in a statement Thursday.
But as we've come to expect, most of the books deal with religious issues. I do hope that you will follow the links I've put in and ask yourselves why should each of these titles be banned what is there about them that could cause "confusion and anxiety"? Your thoughts on any of the titles would be very much welcomed.
- Al-Kafilah Siapakah Yang Dikatakan Gadis by Mohamd Abdul Hamid
- Rahsia Di Kamar & Kunci Wanita and Rahsia Nombor 1 Untuk Wanita II by Tok Nujum. (Both published by Usnie Publisher from Setapak)
- Rahsia Kenikmatan Rumahtangga published by Tabib Haji Anwar (Khan Enterprise)
- Masalah Seksual Lelaki & Rawatan Alternatif published by Teguh Ringgit Publishing House
- Pendidikan Seks Rumahtangga Kemuncak Rahsia Kebahgiaan, Kasih Sayang Sejati Rahsia Menguatkan Tenaga Batin, Teknik Bercumbu dan Berjimak by Jaafar Salleh and published by Al-Hidayah Publisher
Complete Review says:
- Onward Muslim Soldier: How Jihad Still Threatens America and the West by Robert Spencer.
- Islamic Aesthetics: An Introduction by Oliver Leaman
- Islamic Fundamentalism Since 1945 by Beverley Milton-Edwards;
- Who Can Be Saved? And World Religions by Terrance L.Tiessen
- War, Terror & Peace In The Quran And In Islam: Insights For Military & Government Leaders by T. P. Schwartz-Barcott
- The Qoran: Selected Suras by Arthur Jeffrey (Spelling error is the KDN's!)
- The Qur'an (Oxford World Classics) by M. A. S. Abdel Haleem
- The Koran by M. H. Shakir
Paternalistic government, ain't it great ? There's always someone looking out for the poor citizens who might get confused and anxious otherwise! Almost makes you wish for a Publications and Quranic Text Control Division in every country ! We don't know how we manage without one.* "endanger public moral" ... perhaps that should be "endanger the public's English"!