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In evaluating the impacts of Muslim legal traditions of apostasy on legislation and legal practices of Muslim states, the study distinguished between the three different phenomena of apostasy namely conversion, blasphemy and heresy. The personal aspects of legal traditions of apostasy which are the family law consequences such as dissolving the marriage of the convert, are primarily found in legal practices and not in legislation. With regard to blasphemy and the application of relevant legislation in Pakistan and Iran, it should be added that in Iran while few cases of sabb have been filed under the Press Code, fortunately none of them were accepted as sabb by the court. Legislation on the prohibition and punishment of apostasy related offences has mainly disclosed impracticality. It is not possible to identify clearly the trend of abandonment of problematic traditions of apostasy by Muslim states.

Keywords: apostasy; blasphemy; heresy; Iran; Muslim legal traditions; Muslim states; Pakistan; sabb



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