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Apostasy (Irtidad in Arabic):
Abandonment of Islam by a Muslim.

Summary:

A person is an apostate if they leave a religion and either adopt another religion or assume a secular lifestyle.

Historically, Islam, Christianity and other religions have taken a very dim view of apostates. They were often executed. Apostasy in Islam is currently a very complex and sensitive issue. The death penalty is rarely carried out in the 21`st century.

Topics covered in this section:

bullet Introduction
 
bullet The case of Abdul Rahman, now an Afghani Christian
 
bullet Arguments for and against the death penalty
 
bullet Examples of apostasy; Emails; A Committee for Ex-Muslims

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Copyright 2001 to 2016 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2001-AUG-6
Latest update: 2016-JAN-19
Author: B.A. Robinson

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