Liberal Koran expert Nasr Abu Zayd dies in Egypt, after exile

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Religious liberal Nasr Abu Zayd, an Egyptian Koranic scholar declared an apostate for challenging mainstream Muslim views on the holy book, died on Monday in a Cairo hospital, aged 66.

Abu Zayd held a liberal, critical approach to Islamic teachings that angered some Muslim conservatives in his homeland in the 1990s.

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This post was last updated: Nov. 21, 2013