October 5, 2009, 9:30 - 10:30 AM - Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. Headquarters
The Center for Religious Freedom
held a discussion on
Defection from Islam: The Politics of Belonging & the Cost of Religious Freedom
9:30 – 10:30 AM
Ziya Meral discussed the often overlooked human rights abuses and violence faced by apostates from Islam at the hands of states, religious extremists, and families. He argued that these harsh reactions to changing one's religion are shaped by a mixture of theological, cultural, and socio-political factors, exacerbated by current global political tensions. Mr. Meral drew from his personal experiences as a Muslim-background Christian as well as his studies of Islamic jurisprudence, of laws regarding religious freedom in Muslim-majority states, and of the treatment of those who leave Islam in Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Jordan, Kuwait, and the UK.
This lecture is part of the Center for Religious Freedom's fall series on "Lifting the Theocratic Iron Curtain: Examining the Application of Muslim Blasphemy and Apostasy Rules in the Contemporary World"
Betsy and Walter Stern Conference Center
Washington, D.C. 20005
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