FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN ISLAMIC AND WESTERN THOUGHT (A CONCEPTUAL ANALYSIS)
Keywords:Freedom of speech, Islam thought, western thought, conceptual analysis
Freedom of expression is a new and little bit combative phenomenon in Islamic context, but we find enjoying equal importance in the contemporary Islamic and the Western sociopolitical context. Although their scope of appreciation is different but both thought equally recognize the issue of freedom of expression and its relevant areas and aspects. It is also a considerable issue that Islamic and the Western significance regarding freedom of expression are different. Islam gives importance to this fundamental human right due to human dignity and honor, to spread and search for truth etc. While in western context it’s a sole right and you use it free anywhere any time without any objective. It is also claimed western of expression is a without any limit and boundaries. Human being will self-define its limits. It is basically a conceptual conflict between Isalmaic and western thought on this core issue. In this study effort are made to conceptually analysis the western and Islam point of view on this issue. In most of the issues Isalmaic thought conceptually contradicts to the western thought, however, in some areas both thought have consensus. Therefore, it is need of time that scholars should compare Islamic and western thoughts objectively. Comparative and analytical research methodology is adopting in this paper.