n International Journal for Religious Freedom - Freedom to believe: Challenging Islam's apostasy law, Patrick Sookhdeo : book review

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2070-5484



In his book, Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo focuses on apostasy from Islam and appeals to reform and abolish all penalties for apostasy. He starts with Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief..." as genuine freedom of religion lies in the abolition of all penalties for apostasy from Islam and the granting of freedom to convert to other religions for those who wish to do so. Sookhdeo examines three sections: the classical Islamic teaching on apostasy from the Qur'an, the hadith and the shari'a (theory); contemporary Muslim scholars' different interpretations of the apostasy law (debate); and the application of the apostasy laws that threaten converts from Islam in the world today (practice).

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