Title

Capital Punishment for Apostasy in Islam

Source of Publication

Arab Law Quarterly

Abstract

Copyright © 2018 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands. 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.

Document Type

Article

First Page

439

Last Page

461

Publication Date

1-1-2018

DOI

10.1163/15730255-12324033

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Man Baker, Zayed University

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