[INDOLOGY] (no subject)

Matthew Kapstein mkapstei at uchicago.edu
Thu Feb 20 16:14:33 EST 2014

The comment concerning Tasleema Nasreen - suggesting that those in the West stood by 
because she is an author of South Asian origin - is particularly untrue. Here are
some relevant comments from her biography in the Wikipedia:

"Leaving Bangladesh towards the end of 1994, Nasrin lived in exile in Western Europe and North America for ten years. Her Bangladeshi passport had been revoked; she was granted citizenship by the Swedish government and took refuge in Germany.[11] She even had to wait for six years (1994–1999) to get a visa to visit India..."

Matthew Kapstein
Directeur d'études,
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes

Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
The University of Chicago

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