Slavery is an ingrained, centuries-old institution in Islamic countries. It is also legal under Sharia law and, according to historian Bernard Lewis, “elaborately regulated.” As a part of “God’s law,” it will be difficult to abolish, as one Egyptian Islamic theologian, Dr. Abu Zayd, discovered. When Zayd contended that "keeping slave girls and taxing non-Muslims" was contrary to Islam, he was declared an apostate, and an Egyptian court forcibly divorced him from his wife, since a Muslim woman cannot be married to a non-Muslim."Africa’s Shameful Secret." By Stephen Brown FrontPageMagazine.com, 9/2/11.