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Freedom To Believe: Challenging Islam's Apostasy Law
Islam is a one-way street. Non-Muslims can convert to Islam, but Muslims are not allowed to convert from Islam. All schools of sharia specify the death penalty for an adult male Muslim who leaves Islam, and the law imposes many other penalties on apostates. This book is written to raise awareness of Islam s apostasy law and promote the case for its repeal. It looks at ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 30th 2009 by Isaac Publishing, Inc.
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This short, scholarly, easy to read book by Dr Patick Sookhdeo is a well referenced study of apostasy laws within the Islamic legal system. Sharia, which means law but is universally understood to be Islamic law, exists in five main forms or schools, and Freedom to Believe sets out very early on how these schools variously instruct Muslim authorities to deal with apostates from Islam. I was impressed with how Dr Sookhdeo furnished details rather than cover this important aspect superficially. ...more
Informative book that explains different schools of Islamic law & their take on people who change beliefs from Muslim to something else. In America we take for granted the separation of church & state (at least where the state can't tell you what to believe), but I realized thru reading this book that Islam permeates not just faith, but law, culture, & lifestyle--and the book sheds light on just how tough of a habit Islam is to kick. It may sound like conversion from Islam is simple, ...more