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Blasphemy Cases at Two Ends of the Muslim World

Expand Collage photo of Aasia Bibi (L) and Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir. © Reuters; © Private Thanks to inhumane blasphemy laws, two former death row inmates living at distant ends of the Muslim world have much in common. Aasia Bibi spent eight years on Pakistan’s death row after a court sentenced her to death for “blasphemy.” A Christian, Bibi allegedly disparaged Islam after her neighbors objected to her drinking from their glass because she was not Muslim. On January 29, Pakistan’s Supreme Court upheld its October 31 ruling that quashed her conviction, finally clearing the way for her to…

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