The Atheist Muslim by Ali A. Rizvi
A Journey from Religion to Reason

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Pointing out that many Jews and Christians retain their cultural heritage without a belief in God, he urges Muslims to secularize their culture and leave behind the theistic aspects of Islam, which, he believes, have been a grave source of evil for centuries. Rare and intriguing arguments in the debate over Islam.
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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, 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.

 

About Ali A. Rizvi

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ALI A. RIZVI grew up in Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan before moving to Canada and the United States when he was 24. Rizvi has been writing extensively about atheists in the Muslim world for several years, working as a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and being published on major media outlets like CNN. Rizvi is also a medical communications professional and a trained physician and surgical oncologist.
 
Published November 22, 2016 by St. Martin's Press. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Sep 22 2016

Pointing out that many Jews and Christians retain their cultural heritage without a belief in God, he urges Muslims to secularize their culture and leave behind the theistic aspects of Islam, which, he believes, have been a grave source of evil for centuries. Rare and intriguing arguments in the debate over Islam.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jun 20 2017

His lines of thought will be familiar to most who have read other New Atheist works, but his careful explanation of the problems facing metaphorical readings of the Qur’an and other Islam-specific issues add a good insider’s perspective to the debate.

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Globe and Mail

Above average
Reviewed by Kamal Alsolaylee on Nov 25 2016

As valuable as parts of The Atheist Muslim are – the personal narrative shines – it arrives at a moment when it may kick-start a reformist movement in Islam or furnish excuses for new bigotries and horrors. It’s the book’s strength and, potentially, fatal flaw.

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