A book containing the collected blogs of Raif Badawi, sentenced to 1,000 lashes in Saudi Arabia for defending human rights, is being published in English. This is the statement I’ve made to support him:

“Raif Badawi’s is an important voice for all of us to hear, mild, nuanced, but clear. His examination of his culture is perceptive and rigorous. Of course he must be saved from the dreadful sentence against him and the appalling conditions of his imprisonment. But he must also be read, so that we understand the struggle within Islam between suffocating orthodoxy and free expression, and make sure we find ourselves on the right side of that struggle.”