Irreligion in Egypt

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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] 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.[11] There is a great stigma attached to being an atheist in Egypt, so many Egyptian atheists communicate with each other via the internet.[12] In a 2011 Pew Research poll of 1,798 Muslims in Egypt, 63% of those surveyed supported "the death penalty for people who leave the Muslim religion."[13] However, no such punishment actually exists in the country.[14]

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  3. ^ "Did Religious Extremism Drive 2 Million Egyptian Youth to Unbelief?". Truth Dig. Retrieved 2014-02-14. 
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  6. ^ "A Christopher Hitchens dream: Atheism on the rise in Egypt". Salon. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
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  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. ^ Kingsley, Patrick (12 December 2014). "Egypt's atheists number 866 – precisely". Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  12. ^ Halawi, Jailan (21-December 27, 2000). "Limits to expression". Al-Ahram Weekly.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  13. ^ "The World's Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society" (PDF). Pew Research Center. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2017. 
  14. ^ Egypt 2015 International Religious Freedom Report