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Punishment for non-marital sex in Islam

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Some versions of Sharia law require that married or divorce persons found guilty of Zina (adultery) be executed by stoning. Countries which are predominately Muslim or which have a large minority of Muslims vary greatly in their treatment of people found guilty of this crime. According to Amnesty International:

bullet Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Djibouti, Macedonia, Mozambique, Turkey, and Turkmenistan have formally abandoned execution as the penalty for all crimes, including adultery and other sex "crimes."
bullet Albania and Bosnia still retain the death penalty on the books, but do not perform it in practice.
bullet Other countries with a large Muslim population still practice the death penalty for various crimes. Some include blasphemy and adultery. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Sudan, and some of the northern states of Nigeria practice a very strict form of Sharia law. So do the states controlled by the Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) party in Malaysia. 1

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Topics covered in this section:

bullet Introduction:
bullet Sharia law on sexual offences,
bullet Developments in Nigeria,
bullet Books on Sharia law
bullet Trials and sentences under Sharia law

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References used:

  1. "Malaysian by-elections test hardline Islamic party," Yahoo! News, 2002-JUL-18. No longer online.

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Copyright 2002 & 2004 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2002-SEP-1
Latest update: 2004-APR-24
Author: B.A. Robinson

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