The Atheist Muslim

The Atheist Muslim

A Journey From Religion to Reason

Book - 2016
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In much of the Muslim world, religion is the central foundation upon which family, community, morality, and identity are built. The inextricable embedment of religion in Muslim culture has forced a new generation of non-believing Muslims to face the heavy costs of abandoning their parents' religion: disowned by their families, marginalized from their communities, imprisoned, or even sentenced to death by their governments. Struggling to reconcile the Muslim society he was living in as a scientist and physician and the religion he was being raised in, Ali A. Rizvi eventually loses his faith. Discovering that he is not alone in his beliefs, he moves to North America and promises to use his new freedom of speech to represent the voices that are usually quashed before reaching the mainstream media--the Atheist Muslim. In The Atheist Muslim, we follow Rizvi as he finds himself caught between two narrative voices he cannot relate to: extreme Islam and anti-Muslim bigotry in a post-9/11 world. The Atheist Muslim recounts the journey that allows Rizvi to criticize Islam--as one should be able to criticize any set of ideas--without demonizing his entire people. This personal story outlines the challenges of modern Islam and the factors that could help lead it toward a substantive, progressive reformation.
Publisher: New York, NY :, St. Martin's Press,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250094445
1250094445
Branch Call Number: 211 RIZ 2016
Characteristics: 247 pages ; 25 cm

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Sandra_SMB
May 28, 2017

Rizvi offers new and refreshing insights into why a person leaves Islam and becomes an atheist. He is strong in his defense, yet very appealing and non-offensive in his writing style. His strong interest in science adds to his viewpoints. I am glad to see a younger generation of people from Middle Eastern countries now speaking out about Islam and their cultural taboos. These are the voices we need to hear more from, and not just from western writers/intellectuals who are not directed associated with Islam.

I also recommend following Hamed Abdel-Samad - his book Islamic Fascism, his Youtube Box of Islam channel, and other Youtube and internet postings. Most of his talks are in Arabic or German, but you can still find valuable postings in English

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