This book had its origins in a conference, Negotiating the Sacred: Blasphemy and Sacrilege in a Multicultural Society, hosted by the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, The Australian National University, in May 2004. We are indebted to the Director of the Centre, Professor Howard Morphy and to Ms Anne-Maree O’Brien, Ms Suzanne Groves, Mr Alan Wyburn, and Ms Celia Bridgewater for their assistance. In organising the conference and in selecting papers, the editors were assisted by a planning committee. We are indebted to Mr Roger Garland, National Museum of Australia, Dr Sarah Bachelard, Department of the Senate, and Ms Elizabeth Kentwell, Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs. We would also like to acknowledge the support of Professor Adam Shoemaker in his role as Director of the National Institute of the Humanities and Creative Arts, The Australian National University, for financial assistance and ANU E Press for publishing this book.