My Isl@m by Amir Ahmad Nasr
How Fundamentalism Stole My Mind---and Doubt Freed My Soul

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A candid, cosmopolitan look at the experience of Islam in the digital age.


Amir Ahmad Nasr is a young Muslim man with something explosive in his hands: a computer connected to the Internet. And it has the power to help ignite a revolution and blow apart the structures of ignorance and politicized indoctrination that too often still imprison the Muslim mind.

Part memoir, part passionate call for liberty, reason and doing work that matters, My Isl@m tells the tale of how the internet opened the eyes and heart of a once fearful young Muslim to a world beyond the dogmatism of his upbringing, and recounts his transformation into a defiant digital activist.

In his honest, provocative, and courageous debut, Nasr–a popular Afro-Arab Sudanese blogger–steps out from behind the curtain of anonymity and emerges as a voice of a new generation of tech-savvy liberal Muslims.

Set in war-ravaged Sudan, oil-rich Qatar, multi-cultural Malaysia, the United States, Turkey and the new frontiers of cyberspace, My Isl@m is a fascinating prelude to the Arab Spring and a disarming and uplifting tale of doubt, soul-searching, Islam, and finding freedom in the Middle East and the rest of the Muslim world.
A poignant, honest, and uplifting memoir of how blogging and the internet opened the eyes and heart of one young Muslim man to a world beyond his religious fundamentalist upbringing.


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Described by The Economist as "puckish" and by WIRED as a "formidable speaker," AMIR AHMAD NASR is a veteran digital activist turned author, entrepreneur, and culture hacker. He regularly sheds light on one of the most important emerging trends of our time: how tech-savvy Millennials are hacking business, culture, religion, and politics. Known as the cheeky voice behind the acclaimed sociopolitical blog The Sudanese Thinker—which he wrote anonymously until the revelation of his identity five years later during the Arab Uprisings of 2011—Amir has shared the stage with Nobel Peace Laureates, former presidents, and fellow activists, and has been featured by The New York Times, The Guardian, The Weekly Standard, The New Yorker, BBC, Al Jazeera, and France24, amongst many others. He's a digital nomad and travels internationally very regularly. He writes at
Published June 11, 2013 by St. Martin's Press. 333 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Paul Berman on Jul 01 2013

Political theory is another weak point: Mr. Nasr counts himself a libertarian and never explains why. This sort of thing, the offhand quality of Mr. Nasr's opinions, may be OK for a blogger...

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A candid, cosmopolitan look at the experience of Islam in the digital age.

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