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Apostasy (irtidād, ridda) is the abandonment of Islam either by a declared desertion of Islam in favour of another religion or a clandestine rejection of Islam, often combined with the secret practice of another religion. From the first/seventh century to the present day, Muslim jurists have agreed that the punishment for apostasy from Islam is death, but they have developed legal institutions to circumvent this harsh punishment.

The Qurʾān does not mention the case of explicit rejection of Islam after conversion. However, it does address the assumed clandestin…

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Griffel, Frank, “Apostasy”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 17 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_SIM_0044>
First published online: 2007
First print edition: 9789004150171, 2007, 2007-1

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