Turning Away From Islam in Iraq: A Conjecture as to How the New Iraq Will Treat Muslim Apostates

Can freedom of religion be reconciled with death for apostasy? The 2006 Constitution of Iraq binds the new Iraqi state to upholding both the freedom of religion and the principles of Islam, which includes capital punishment for leaving Islam according to many scholars. In resolving this seeming collision of ideological commitments, the new Iraq will have to answer fundamental questions about its national direction and identity.

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