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Wednesday, August 22, 2007 11:25 am
Oi! I mean, OIF!
Posted by: Keir Graff

There are a lot of great things about working for Booklist. One of them is that I work down the hall from the Office for Intellectual Freedom. How cool is that? Not to rub it in, but I’ll bet you don’t have an Office for Intellectual Freedom at your workplace.

They have lots of good advice. For instance:

Q: Do I need to remove the book Alms for Jihad: Charity and Terrorism in the Islamic World from my library?

A: No.

For a less glib but more useful explanation, visit their blog:

Alms for Jihad is the subject of a British libel lawsuit brought by Saudi banker Khalid bin Mahfouz, who has filed several similar lawsuits to contest claims that the Saudi government has used Islamic charities to fund terrorism. Cambridge University Press chose to settle the suit rather than risk a large damage award at trial. Under the settlement, Cambridge University Press has agreed to pulp unsold copies and to ask libraries to return the book to the publisher or destroy the book.



One Response to “Oi! I mean, OIF!”
  1. Book Blog - Likely Stories, by Keir Graff - Booklist Online » Blog Archive » Banned Books Week Read-Out! Says:

    [...] Speaking of OIF, if you’re going to be in Chicago on Saturday, September 29, 2007, here’s where you should be between 1 and 4 p.m.: As part of the 26th annual celebration of Banned Books Week, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum, and the Newberry Library are holding a Banned Books Week Read-Out! in Pioneer Plaza–at Michigan Ave. and the Chicago River–on Saturday, September 29, 2007, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Local Chicago celebrities are joining several acclaimed authors to read passages from their favorite banned and “challenged” books.  Admission is free! [...]

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