Capital Punishment for Apostasy in Islam

Capital Punishment for Apostasy in Islam This article sheds light on the Islamic legal ruling concerning apostasy (riddah). It reviews the verses of the Qur’an and the Hadiths of the Prophet Muhammad concerning apostasy, with the aim of reaching a firm conclusion on this topic, particularly because Islam has been accused of being a religion that forces people to embrace it, even against peoples’ free will. The article also reviews Muslim scholars’ points of view concerning this topic and the historical circumstances and conditions regarding it. The article concludes that Islam never sentences anyone to death for eschewing Islam; it merely does so for riddah. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Arab Law Quarterly Brill

Capital Punishment for Apostasy in Islam

Arab Law Quarterly: 23 – Mar 19, 2018

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0268-0556
eISSN
1573-0255
D.O.I.
10.1163/15730255-12324033
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Abstract

This article sheds light on the Islamic legal ruling concerning apostasy (riddah). It reviews the verses of the Qur’an and the Hadiths of the Prophet Muhammad concerning apostasy, with the aim of reaching a firm conclusion on this topic, particularly because Islam has been accused of being a religion that forces people to embrace it, even against peoples’ free will. The article also reviews Muslim scholars’ points of view concerning this topic and the historical circumstances and conditions regarding it. The article concludes that Islam never sentences anyone to death for eschewing Islam; it merely does so for riddah.

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Arab Law QuarterlyBrill

Published: Mar 19, 2018

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