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The Atheist Muslim Audiobook

The Atheist Muslim: A Journey from Religion to Reason

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2016 Ali A. Rizvi (P)2016 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Naeem Rahim 11-28-16
    Naeem Rahim 11-28-16 Member Since 2014
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    "An honest book"

    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.

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    Mike 01-27-17
    Mike 01-27-17
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    "A spectacular summary on why beliefs matter"

    I would be hard pressed to find a line in this book which wasn't useful and accurate. Ali uses his incredible life experience and penmanship to tell a story of why beliefs matter, about why we must be more interested in the truth and less interested in finding comfort in confirming our own beliefs. At times it's an extremely moving book and at other times his ideas are complex and take time to settle in. His openness and ability to artfully describe his thoughts and bring depth to complex and unpopular ideas are second to none.

    For anyone who thinks beliefs should go unchallenged, this book is for you. For anyone who was lucky enough to grow up in an agnostic or atheist household and is interested in what it's like to come from a religious upbringing, this book will increase your empathy and is for you. And for anyone who grew up religious (still practicing or not), this book is most definitely for you.

    Thank you Ali for sharing your story and incredible knowledge with us.

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    Stephen 12-11-16
    Stephen 12-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent reading!"

    What an insightful and interesting book! A well written and engaging discussion of one of the most important issues of our day. Ali speaks from the viewpoint of one perfectly placed to offer a deep insight into the plight of one of the most persecuted minorities on the planet, the apostate Muslim. More than this, he gives the thousands if not millions around the world who are in that position the assurance that they're not crazy, broken or dammed. This is how the kind of change that tangibly makes the world a better place happens.

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    Brandon W. 01-10-17
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    "Incredibly important book"

    Such an important book that could apply to anyone of faith, but especially Muslims who are at any stage of asking questions. Very thorough and informative, but well-paced and clear. It also does well to keep a historical context in mind.

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    Skeptical DoDo 01-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "An Amazing Work"

    I am not a Muslim, but this work so clearly explains the current Islamic conflicts that I feel for the first time I truly understand it. It is also must read for other believers and non believers, that helped me understand my own journey out of Christianity. It is also a work of hope.

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    "Beautifully written and read."

    This book is deeply engaging, balanced, brave, honest and informative. I learned a great deal and will refer back to it often. Dr. Rizvi has a gift for narrative. Mr. Shah reads with emotive clarity. I highly recommend!

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    "Loved it!"

    An essential read for today's religious licentiosness. Told in an empathic and disarming way, that invites the listener to question long held biases and beliefs. Best book on the subject I've ever come across!

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    "A journey from religion to extremism"
    Would you try another book from Ali A. Rizvi and/or Neil Shah?

    No. The author is obviously angry at his past, and confused about logical reasoning vs. using anecdotal examples to prove a subjective perspective. He tries to portray a calm logical demeanor but the tone of the writing is vicious at best, seemingly on a personal crusade against religion. He takes the worst possible interpretation of religion (not just Islam), and attempts to compare it to the best interpretations of science; He purports to be fair, rational, and logical, yet does nothing but use anecdotal examples of extreme Islam (and other religions), comparing them to the most ideological platitudes of science.

    Using this type of "logic" or "reason" anyone can prove (or convince himself of) anything. He often takes reasonable interpretations and desperately tries to convince the reader they are illogical, in an effort to show that no other interpretation other than his own could possible be reasonable, logic, and thus true; a very narrow minded and short sited perspective, and not at all rational in any way.

    I actually sympathize with the hardships of the author, but it is obvious that he has a lot of resentment and anger towards those who abuse religion, tossing out the baby with the bathwater.


    Has The Atheist Muslim turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I find, more often than not, these types of books are bias based on the author's past. They are, more often than not, personal crusades against some injustice of the past, than a forward thinking perspective which the reader can build up on.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Neil Shah’s performances?

    Sure. Unless it's from the same genre.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I wanted to put it down after the first couple of chapters, but I didn't want my personal bias to be the reason, so I continued on, trying to keep an open mind. Unfortunately the further I read the book the more it became a subjective ad hominem attack on Islam (and religion in general), and an extolment of science as the pinnacle of human achievement and enlightenment.

    Perhaps its one redeeming quality was to once again show that science is nothing more than just another religion (simply replace God with mathematics), in the sense that it takes offense to any thread of consciousness that does not align itself with it, has it's own set of hell stone and brim fire preachers, and closes its eyes to the devastation it has left in its wake.

    Scientists created the atom bomb, created sarin gas and other weapons of mass destructions, most of the chemical and machines that pollute our earth, water, and air, and yet take little to no responsibility always pointing the finger to the politicians and religion. Yet the author never mentions any of this.

    It's the religiously or politically fanatics that drop the chemical bomb who is to blame for the death of countless children, and not the ones who made the chemical in the first place? Science with out a moral compass is just as deadly as a moral compass without reason.


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    Phillip L Chapman 08-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A very courageous book"

    It took a lot of courage for a former Muslim to write such a book. The clarity of thought and fairness of presentation really stand out. It is a very moving account of Dr. Rizvi's personal spiritual journey.

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    Jason G 07-12-17
    Jason G 07-12-17
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    "Rational & Poignant"

    Well argued case for secularism and liberalism for Muslims. Also, a breadth of information for non-Islamic readers/listeners.

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