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An analysis of apostasy/irtidād: Considerations for Muslims in contemporary Western societies

Malik, Saira 2009. An analysis of apostasy/irtidād: Considerations for Muslims in contemporary Western societies. Journal of Islamic Law and Culture 11 (3) , pp. 211-224. 10.1080/15288171003718632

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Abstract

In this paper I analyse the issue of apostasy – irtidād - as related to Muslims living as minorities in contemporary Western societies. I demonstrate that, contrary to a widely held belief, there is no clearly defined penalty for the act of apostasy qua apostasy that finds justification in the Quran itself. There are, however, clear precedents of penalties being imposed for apostasy in early Islamic discourse under the condition of fitna, a contested term, which I show has some resonance for Muslims living as minorities in contemporary Western societies.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
Uncontrolled Keywords: Apostasy; Irtidād; Fitna; Muslim minorities
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1528-817X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:55
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/29060

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