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 nonbelieving 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 lost his faith. Discovering that he was not alone, he moved to North America and promised to use his new freedom of speech to represent the voices that are usually quashed before reaching the mainstream media - those of Atheist Muslims.
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.
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"By demanding a space for questioning Islam openly that does not devolve into attacking individual Muslims, the work pushes towards the possibility of a cultural Islam that maintains family and ethnic traditions without requiring belief." (Publishers Weekly)
I find Ali's lifelong quest to find the truth to be honest Yet accurate. Being a Muslim by birth this book deals with questions that for centuries have been pushed under the rug by a vast majority. But time has come for us to have an open dialogue without fear of repercussions. This book is a breath of fresh air and I would recommend it to all including my Children born in Islam.
More rebuttal of fundamental tenants of religion especially Islam and less defense of bigots and racists like Sam Harris.
He sounded like a teenager who just realized that all religious minded people are delusional.
Instead of lecturing and trying to convert people to unbelief he should have presented his arguments in an organized way. He was much more pursasive when he stuck to the facts and rebuttal of religious doctorine. He was effective when he exposed shallow and circular logic of theology.
His arguments were woefully unoriginal. Most of his assertions have been presented in multiple formats in a more eloquent way.
How did he decide to associate himself to right wing zealots like Harris and Hirsi Ali. He is losing his target audience due to his association.
Greatly missed opportunity to present a coherent case against fundamentalism.
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