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Submitted by Alain Jean-Mairet (Switzerland), Oct 16, 2013 at 23:44

That may be clear to you, but the whole record suggests that you're wrong and that apostasy, in Islam, can very well be a mere passive posture, a simple refusal to go along. And that observant Muslims have harassed and killed countless people on such grounds. The phenomenon can be resumed in one word: "takfir", the equivalent of Christians' Inquisition, just much more common.

Should we bet on the gratuitous affirmations of some anonymous "guardian of the religion" or rather on the hard work of someone like Ibn Rushd, whose mentioned book has been a standard for some 8 centuries without ever being rebutted?

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