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Islam: Fastest Shrinking Religion in the World (Part 2) By Ibn Warraq   PART TWO: CONVERSIONS TO CHRISTIANITY.MOROCCO In Morocco, there is also a certain amount of evidence of Muslims converting to Christianity. While the majority of Christians are foreigners, the organisation known as the Voice of the Martyrs, founded to help persecuted Christians round […]

Islam: Fastest Shrinking Religion in the World: Part 1 By Ibn Warraq   PART ONE: POPULATION AND THE TRUE NUMBER OF CONVERTS. Immediately after 9/11, many journalists in the United States and Europe came out with several glib generalisations that I found, and still find, irritating, and furthermore, I am very skeptical of the claims […]

     Muslim Reformers 3 By Ibn Warraq  Ibtihal Abd Al-Aziz Al-Khatib.               As Memri reported, liberal Kuwaiti Shi’ite academic Ibtihal Abd Al-Aziz Al-Khatib revealed in August 2008, that she had received many death threats because of her criticisms of Hizbullah, and her advocacy of secularism in Kuwait and the Islamic world in general. Here […]

Muslim Secularists of Kuwait By Ibn Warraq AHMAD AL-SARRAF.                The second of our secularists from Kuwait is the liberal journalist. Ahmad [Ahmed] al-Sarraf.  In two outspoken interviews he gave in March and April 2009, he spelled out his ideas defending secularism [Memri Dispatch: Nos 2306 and 2373]. He deplored the role of Iran in […]

Muslim Reformers By Ibn Warraq   AHMAD AL-BAGHDADI [1950-2010]           During the question and answer sessions at my talks to various Humanist groups ( most recently CFI Indianapolis, CFI Arizona, and CFI Los Angeles), I am often asked about the possibility of reform within Islam, and of the existence of moderate Muslims. These are […]

The Institute for the Secularisation of Islamic Society Our Mission We believe that Islamic society has been held back by an unwillingness to subject its beliefs, laws and practices to critical examination, by a lack of respect for the rights of the individual, and by an unwillingness to tolerate alternative viewpoints or to engage in […]

The Institute for the Secularisation of Islamic Society Statement of Principles We share the ideals of a democratic society, and a secular state that does not endorse any religion, religious institution, or any religious dogma. The basis for its authority is in man-made law, not in religious doctrine or in divine revelation. In a theocracy […]

A Declaration of the Rights of Women in Islamic Societies   If you feel that you agree with the main points of the following Declaration, please add your name to it.  Show the Declaration to as many people as possible, and get them to sign as well. We, the undersigned, believe that the oppression of […]

Apostasy, Human Rights, Religion And Belief New Threats to Freedom of Opinion and Expression IbnWarraq [Apostasy Speech at UN in Geneva delivered at UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE, 22 April , 2005.] The very notion of apostasy has vanished from the West where one would talk of being a lapsed Catholic or non-practising Christian rather than an apostate. […]

Statement by Ibn Warraq on the World Trade Center Atrocity[Drafted September 12, 2001]   Given the stupefying enormity of the acts of barbarism of 11 September, moral outrage is appropriate and justified, as are demands for punishment. But a civilized society cannot permit blind attacks on all those perceived as “Muslims” or Arabs.  Not all […]