Manal Manea, Egyptian female preacher
Subject: Religious, Political/Economic/Social Opinion
Medium: Public Speech
Artist: Manal Manea, an Egyptian female preacher
Confronting Bodies: Government of Egypt; Egyptian Islamists
Date of Action: 2001
Description of Artwork: Manal Manea preached openly about her anti-Islam views. She spoke of the fact that she did not believe in Islam, preached atheism and promoted secular thought.
The Incident: Manal Manea’s anti-Islam beliefs came under scrutiny by the Egyptian government and courts who accused the female preacher of atheism and blasphemy against Islam.
Results of Incident: In 2001, Manal Manea was sentenced to three years in prison for promoting atheism and blasphemy against Islam. Manea was not the only anti-Islamist censored in Egypt for his/her beliefs. The writer Salaheddin Mohsen was also sentenced to three years in prison for writings that were deemed offensive to Islam and promoted atheism in 2001.
Source: Democracy Frontline at: http://democracyfrontline.org/blog/?p=1597