n International Journal for Religious Freedom - Defection from Islam in context : a disturbing human rights dilemma
|Article Title||Defection from Islam in context : a disturbing human rights dilemma|
|© Publisher:||International Institute for Religious Freedom|
|Journal||International Journal for Religious Freedom|
|Affiliations||1 Protestant University, Belgium|
|Publication Date||Jan 2010|
|Pages||13 - 38|
|Keyword(s)||Apostasy, Blasphemy, Change of religion, Conversion, Defection, Islamic law, Muslims, Penal law and Sharia|
After many years of nearly complete silence in Western media and politics, the issues of religious freedom and apostasy have finally raised attention. Especially in the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s countries like Egypt have seen a growing flood of court charges against intellectuals, theologians, feminists, authors, secularists and converts, some of whom were later murdered in broad daylight in the streets of Cairo, Teheran and elsewhere. While many Muslims condemn such deeds with deepest conviction, others have vigorously applauded and claimed that Sharia law demands the death penalty for anybody who leaves Islam. What does Sharia really teach about apostasy? How does society perceive a conversion? Which consequences are potentially awaiting the convert? The article outlines the teaching of the Koran and the Hadith (tradition) as well as the opinions of the leading Muslim theologians of the formative period of Islam and today's practical implications for people turning their back on Islam.
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