Egypt secular thinker Nasr Hamed Abu Zeid dies

CAIRO- Egyptian academic Nasr Hamed Abu Zeid, who was forced into exile and ordered to divorce his wife after being judged to be an apostate, died on Monday in Cairo, his wife said.
Abu Zeid, 67, died at Sheikh Zayed hospital where he was being treated for a month after falling ill following a trip to Indonesia, said his wife, literature professor Ibtihal Yunes.

Nasr Hamed Abu Zeid,
Nasr Hamed Abu Zeid,
A Cairo court had declared Abu Zeid an "apostate" in 1995 after a complaint by a group of Islamist lawyers who accused him of heresy in his research on the Koran.
He was also ordered to divorce his wife, based on the principle in Islamic law that a Muslim woman cannot marry an apostate.
Abu Zeid rejected the ruling and, fearing for his life, settled in the Netherlands, although he visited Egypt regularly.
He will be buried later on Monday in his home village of Kahafa in the Nile Delta.

Monday, July 5th 2010

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