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Drawing Boundaries: Yūsuf Al-Qaraḍāwī On Apostasy

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The search for guidance and for certainty highlights the issue of religious authority that has been of great relevance to Muslim communities from a very early date, always controversial and contested, and never fully resolved. One of the prime concerns of religious authority is to define correct belief and practice. Yūsuf 'Abd Allah al-Qaraḍāwī is a major presence on the stage, who has been able to hold his place over several decades, omnipresent and yet not as easy to define as one might think. Qaraḍāwī turns to the main issue: apostasy in its various manifestations. He launches into a critique of the agents of apostasy, from Christian missionary activities to the dual onslaught of communism and secularism Qaraḍāwī looks at apostasy from the perspective of Muslim society, not the individual believer.

Keywords: apostasy; Christian missionary activities; Muslims; Yūsuf 'Abd Allah al-Qaraḍāwī



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