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

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