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Apostasy: Overview
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Radical Islamists have often filed charges of apostasy and blasphemy against secular Muslim intellectuals. Early in the twentieth century, for example, the charge of apostasy was brought against prominent intellectuals such as Tāhā Ḥusayn and ʿAlī ʿAbd al-Rāziq. It was not, however, used against Muslim women activists until 1989, the year of the apostasy suit against Salman Rushdie, when Jordanian Islamists filed a suit for apostasy against an outspoken Jordanian television talk-show host, Tūjān…

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Gallagher, Nancy, “Apostasy: Overview”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0065>
First published online: 2009

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