Pakistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia all punish blasphemy harshly – even with death. Such laws have political as well as religious motives, says a scholar on Islamism: They’re a tool for crushing dissent.
There is no inherent tension between Islam and democratic values. Like any use of religion in politics, the application of Sharia as law depends on who is using it – and why.
An expert on Islam and democracy examines the threat to the world’s largest Muslim majority country.
There are many myths around Sharia. A scholar explains the moral and ethical principles behind it, as also why there are different interpretations.