Irreligion in Egypt

Irreligion in Egypt is uncommon among Egyptians, as Islam is the predominant faith.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8] It is difficult to quantify the number of atheists or agnostics in Egypt, as they are not officially counted in the census of the country.[9][10] There is a great stigma attached to being an atheist in Egypt, so many Egyptian atheists communicate with each other via the internet.[11] According to a 2010 Pew Research poll, 84% of Egyptian Muslims polled supported the death penalty for those who leave the Muslim religion.[12] In December 2014 Dar al-Ifta, a government-affiliated Islamic centre of education and jurisprudence, claimed that there are 866 atheists in Egypt, which amounts to 0.001% of the population.[13] In November 2013, it was estimated that up to 3 million Egyptians were atheists.[14]

See also


  1. "Leaving Islam in the age of Islamism". Daily News. Retrieved 2014-03-31.
  2. "How oppressive Islam triggers atheism". Hürriyet Daily News. Retrieved 2014-03-31.
  3. "Did Religious Extremism Drive 2 Million Egyptian Youth to Unbelief?". Truth Dig. Retrieved 2014-02-14.
  4. "No God-given right to atheism in Egypt". albawaba. Retrieved 2013-11-20.
  5. "Egypt's embattled atheists". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  6. "A Christopher Hitchens dream: Atheism on the rise in Egypt". Salon. Retrieved 2013-10-28.
  7. "A generation of atheists". Daily News. Retrieved 2013-09-28.
  8. "Egypt's Atheists Want To Speak Their Mind In Post-Mubarak Era | All News Is Global |". 2012-10-31. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  9. "Who is afraid of Egyptian atheists?". Al Arabiya. Retrieved 2013-11-20.
  10. "Controversial Egyptian film 'The Atheist' gets go ahead by censors". Al Arabiya. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  11. Halawi, Jailan (21-December 27, 2000). "Limits to expression". Al-Ahram Weekly. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  12. "Most Embrace a Role for Islam in Politics". Pew Research Center. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  13. Kingsley, Patrick (12 December 2014). "Egypt's atheists number 866 – precisely". Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  14. "Egypt: Are there really three million atheists?". BBC News. 2013-11-19. Retrieved 2014-11-15.
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