5th December 2017

“The main traditions of scholarship and jurisprudence in Islam – both the Shia school and the four main Sunni ones – draw on Hadiths (words and deeds ascribed with varying credibility to Muhammad) to argue in support of death for apostates. And in recent years sentiment in the Muslim world has been hardening. In every big apostasy case, the authorities have faced pressure from sections of public opinion, and from Islamist factions, to take the toughest possible stance.”

The Economist