The Atheist Muslim

Author: Ali A. Rizvi

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250094453

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 9228

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, 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. Emotionally and intellectually compelling, his personal story outlines the challenges of modern Islam and the factors that could help lead it toward a substantive, progressive reformation.

American Examples

Author: Samah Choudhury,Michael J. Altman,Prea Persaud

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 0817360654

Category: History

Page: 299

View: 9280

Fresh new perspectives on the study of religion, ranging from SoulCycle to Mark Twain American Examples: New Conversations about Religion, Volume Two, is the second in a series of annual anthologies produced by the American Examples workshop hosted by the Department of Religious Studies at The University of Alabama. In the latest volume from this dynamic academic project, nine scholars with diverse topics and methodologies vividly reimagine the meaning of all three words in the phrase “American religious history.” The essays use case studies from America, broadly conceived, to ask trenchant theoretical questions that are of interest to scholars and students beyond the subfield of American religious history. Cody Musselman uses a Weberian analysis to explore questions of identity, authority, and authenticity in the world of SoulCycle while Zachary T. Smith finds commonality between the rhetoric and practices of scholarship and mixed martial arts. Erik Kline provides a new perspective on the psychedelic mysticism of the 1960s, and Brook Wilensky-Lanford takes stock of the cultural power of parody in Mark Twain’s last work of fiction. Christopher Cannon Jones examines the reciprocal relationship between religious texts and cultural contexts by comparing early Mormon missions to Hawai‘i and Jamaica and Lindsey Jackson explores what debates over circumcision can tell us about gender stereotypes and motherhood. Dana Lloyd uses the 1988 Supreme Court decision in Lyng v. Northwest Indian Cemetery Protective Association as a case study in order to consider how Indigenous religion and sovereignty have been understood and adjudicated in the American legal system. Matt Sheedy studies the identity categories of “atheist” and “ex-Muslim” and Brad Stoddard uses ethnographic fieldwork to evaluate the role of religious pluralism in regulating and policing correctional institutions. Editors Samah Choudhury and Prea Persaud provide an introduction that reconsiders the trajectory of the American Examples project in light of the siege on the US Capitol in January 2021 and the continuing COVID pandemic. Visit for more information on upcoming workshop dates and future projects. CONTRIBUTORS Michael J. Altman / Samah Choudhury / Lindsey Jackson / Christopher Cannon Jones / / Erik Kline / Dana Lloyd / Cody Musselman / Prea Persaud / Matt Sheedy / Zachary T. Smith / Brad Stoddard / Brook Wilensky-Lanford

Jihad, Radicalism, and the New Atheism

Author: Mohammad Hassan Khalil

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108421547

Category: Religion

Page: 207

View: 6576

This book compares the conflicting and consequential interpretations of jihad offered by mainstream Muslim scholars, violent Muslim radicals, and New Atheists.

Atheist Manifesto

Author: Michel Onfray

Publisher: Arcade Publishing

ISBN: 9781559708203

Category: Atheism

Page: 252

View: 7939

Citing historical records, both ancient and contemporary, and chapter and verse - from the Bible, the Torah and Talmud, and the Koran - the author documents the ravages of religious intolerance over the past two and a half millennia, where "truth" is exclusive to only the faithful. He makes a convincing case for the three religions' obsession with purity, their contempt for - and antipathy to - reason and intelligence, individual freedom, desire and the human body, and therefore sexuality and pleasure, and their contempt for women in general. In their place, all three, in varying ways and to varying degrees, require obedience and submission, extolling the "next life" to the detriment of the here and now, preaching chastity, virginity, and blind faith. Onfray goes back to the origins of the religions' holy works and shows how they have been dissected and altered, censored and rewritten to suit each doctrine and convince its faithful that they are the word of God, not man. - Inside cover.

The Curse of God

Author: Harris Sultan

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1984502115

Category: Religion

Page: 248

View: 4317

This book is a critical analysis of religion in general and Islam in particular. It covers some common misconceptions about Islam that both Muslims and non-Muslims have. The book starts with a little introduction of the author—how and why he became an ex-Muslim—and it is followed up with the importance of writing the book. The first chapter covers the importance of critical sense over common sense and how we should always invoke critical thinking when it comes to looking at the world around us. The book also covers some arguments for God and some counterarguments against God’s existence. It discusses the importance of God in keeping the morality of the society and the mental well-being of the human species. It also discusses the baggage that comes with religion, leaving our only lives here on planet earth devoid of pleasure and enjoyment. Moreover, it discusses the scientific flaws in the Quran and argues how it looks like a book written by a seventh century Arab warlord rather than the creator of the billions of galaxies. It discusses the critical and sensitive topic of the character of Allah (Muslim God) and Muhammad in light of the Quran, Hadith (collection of Muhammad’s quotes), and the biography of Muhammad. It gives a detailed account of Muhammad’s wives and violence in his life. In the last part of the book, the author discusses the rise of Islamism in the western world and its dangers. Finally, it educates its readers on how to debate with a religious apologist and some common arguments and techniques employed by them. It is a very interesting read into Islam from an ex-Muslim’s point of view and the best guide to learning Islam.

The Atheist

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Atheism

Page: N.A

View: 8174

God or No God

Author: Haya Muhammad Eid

Publisher: Haya Muhammad Eid



Page: 80

View: 9879

It was narrated that a Bedouin was traveling on his camel when his camel suddenly dropped dead. He descended from the camel’s back and started circling it while meditatively saying: Why don’t you get up? Why don’t you come back to life? Here are your limbs! They are perfectly complete and your body is sound! What is the matter with you? What used to keep you going? What worked in you to make you alive? What caused you to die? What stopped you now from moving? Then he left his camel in amazement, wondering what had happened to it. There are traces of past and present creations everywhere — are they meaningless or living signs of a Creator God?

The Islamic Republic of Australia

Author: Sami Shah

Publisher: HarperCollins Australia

ISBN: 1460708075

Category: Social Science

Page: 286

View: 7439

From hijabs to jihad and everything in between -- Muslims down under today What is Halal? A country bordering Shariahland, or a method of preparing food? Do the Five Pillars of Islam comply with modern building codes? Or are they simply a philosophy for living? And if Muslims first arrived in Australia as early as 1800, can they go back to where they came from? In this funny and informative exploration of Islam in Australia, award-winning comedian and writer Sami Shah takes us behind the stereotypes and generalisations to find out who Australian Muslims are, how they live and what they think. Along the way we meet everyone from a woman who runs a ‘speed date a Muslim night' to a conservative Islamic preacher, and to the founder of a group called Muslims for Progressive Values. The result is an entertaining and fascinating snapshot of Islam down under today. Praise for Sami Shah: ‘Humour at its most vigorous and unsparing' — Kirkus Reviews ‘Stylish . . . newsy, bitingly funny' — Sunday Telegraph ‘Raw, funny and inspiring' — Wendy Harmer

The True Revelation of Jesus Christ

Author: Desmond Teddy

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1524632775

Category: Education

Page: 351

View: 9256

This book is written to assist Jews, Muslims, atheists and mostly Christians in gaining a more comprehensive and accurate knowledge and understanding about Jesus Christ. The overwhelming weight of evidence placed on Jesus in this work as Lord and Savior of the universe is far greater than what the Quran narrates or what the Jew can accommodate. The evidence is so strong and so clear, that it gives understanding to the atheist and boosts up the knowledge of the reader about Jesus Christ, who is 100 percent man and 100 percent God. The journey from the original plan of God for man to the end of time is explained with examples of incompatibility between the Bible and the Quran. Thus, the reader is brought to a deeper knowledge of the Biblical inerrancy concerning the Godhead of the Bible and the great rescue plan of the Creator of the universe through Jesus Christ. You will find thrilling information which will kick your socks off and keep your mind and spirit in balance as you continue to read. I would say it is food for thought to change your life for the better.