Apostasy (Irtidad in Arabic):
Abandonment of Islam by a Muslim.
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.
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Copyright © 2001 to 2016 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 2001-AUG-6
Latest update: 2016-JAN-19
Author: B.A. Robinson