A recent step taken by the kingdom’s ulama represents a turning point. The attempt to curb extremism
Chiara Pellegrino | 02 March 2017
Free to leave Islam without facing death: this is the turning point of Morocco’s ulama, the religious scholars. Apostasy, in Arabic “ridda”, has always been a critical issue and a much debated one in the Muslim world. Indeed, Islamic law considers it a crime punishable by death penalty. The two most well-known cases in the West are that of Salmān Rushdie, author of the novel The Satanic Verses, which in 1989 earned him the fatwa with which ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini asked to sentence him to death, and the case of Nasr Hāmid Abū Zayd, Egyptian intellectual convicted in 1995 for having proposed an historical and rationalistic interpretation of the Qur’an. He then fled to Holland.