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No, Rushdie was accused of apostasy (relinquishing the faith for another).
Blasphemy is indeed considered a sin in Islam. Both are punished and have
been, though with great variation among time and place in the Islamic world.
Blasphemy has been treated as equally bad or worse than apostasy. In early
19th century Egypt, for example, it was believed that blasphemy was the
worst sin, as it was the result of 'utter depravity', while apostasy was the
result of misjudgment. (Lane, MAMMERS AND CUSTOMS OF THE MODERN
EGYPTIANS,1836). Interesting to note that blasphemy, in the Muslim world,
consist of utterances against God and Muhammad, as well as against Moses or
Christ or any other prophet.
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> Bill Spight
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> Subject: Re: Belief & Behavior
> Dear Vincent,
> > Just quickly, we must remember that unlike Christianity or, I think,
> > Judaism, Islam has no concept of blasphemy. In other words disagreement
> > over what the Koran means is actually a central point in Islam, but the
> > different divisions sunni, shiite etc. have, in countries like
> Iran and the
> > Taleban's Afghanistan, disavowed this in favour of their authoritarian
> > interpretations of the Koran.
> > This caused all sorts of problems for British muslims trying to
> get Salman
> > Rushdie's book 'The Satanic Verses' banned in the 1980s on the
> grounds that
> > it was blasphemous. First, UK blasphemy law only covers
> christianity, and
> > second Islam has no blasphemy, only apostacy (turning on's back on one's
> > faith) which is not a crime (otherwise all us atheists would be
> locked up!).
> Could you please explain further? I was under the impression that
> Rushdie's "death sentence" was because of blasphemy.
> Many thanks,
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