Violence and Context in Islamic Texts

“Islam forbids the killing of innocents. The key question, then, is what constitutes “innocence” in Islam? According to some Muslim authorities, to disbelieve in Allah is to be guilty of the crime of “committing disbelief…[which is] worse than slaughter.” Just being a Christian, a Jew or a pagan, is worse than murder. As soon as one converts to Islam, however, one is no longer guilty, but “innocent.” By this logic, anyone anyone inside Islam is “innocent,”and anyone outside Islam is “guilty” and deserving of death.”

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