When Muslims renounce their faith

Turning away from Islam? No, she couldn’t discuss the subject now, Minna Ahadi said quietly. The phone line faded in and out as her train went from one patchy wireless coverage area to the next. Yet it was not the bad connection that made Ahadi reluctant, but the subject. In a few hours she would be home, where she could talk openly. “But now, in the train, I cannot.”

Later, back in her apartment, she apologizes and explains that she does not feel safe when she uses her name or the term “ex-Muslims” in public – even in Germany. She believes this fear is justified: Ahadi continues to receive anonymous letters threatening to shoot her, or warning she will die in a car accident.

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