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Blasphemy and Apostasy in Islam: Debates on Shi'a Jurisprudence

Mohsen Kadivar


Is it lawful to shed the blood of a man or a woman who insults the Prophet Muhammad? Does the Qur’an stipulate a worldly punishment for apostates? Beginning with a genealogy of religious freedom in contemporary Islam, this book tells the gripping story of Rafiq Taqi, an Azerbaijani journalist and writer, who was condemned to death by an Iranian cleric for a blasphemous news article in 2006. Delving into the most sacred sources for all Muslims – the Qur’an and Hadith – Mohsen Kadivar explores the subject of blasphemy and apostasy from the perspective of Shi’a jurisprudence to articulate a polar ... More

Keywords: Apostasy, Blasphemy, Religious freedom, Death penalty, Human rights, Reformist Islam, Conservative Islam, Rafiq Taqi, Fazel Lankarani, Shi’a jurisprudence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474457576
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474457576.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mohsen Kadivar, author
Duke University

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Part I Blasphemy and Apostasy

3 Response to Doubts Surrounding Apostasy1

Mohammad Javād Fāzel Lankarānī (Lankarānī Jr) (Son of Mohammad Fāzel Lankarānī (Lankarānī Sr))

Part II The Freedom of Expression and Hate Speech – by Mohsen Kadivar