Malaysian charged for selling banned Canadian book

A Borders bookstore manager in Malaysia has been charged with distributing a Canadian writer's book that was banned as being against Islam.

Allah, Liberty and Love, by Irshad Manji, was banned in May

A Borders bookstore manager in Malaysia has been charged with distributing a Canadian writer's book that was banned as being against Islam.

The government in the Muslim-majority country regularly bans books it considers threats to religious stability.

Allah, Liberty and Love, written by Irshad Manji, was banned in late May.

Nik Raina Nik Abdul Aziz could face a two-year prison sentence and fine if convicted of the charge filed Tuesday.

Her lawyer, Rosli Dahlan, said the store was inspected before the book was banned. Malaysia's Islamic courts have jurisdiction only over Muslims. A hearing was set for Sept. 19.

Manji's website says Allah, Liberty and Love is about "how to reconcile faith and freedom in a world seething with repressive dogmas."

She says the ban "is an insult to a new generation of Malaysians. Censorship treats citizens like children. Censorship denies human beings their free will to think for themselves.

"The irony is that this book makes the case for faith. It empowers readers to reconcile Allah and freedom, showing that Muslims can be independent thinkers and profound believers in a loving God."

Manji was born in Uganda in 1968. She and her family moved to Richmond, B.C., when she was four years old.

With files from CBC News