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The Poet Of Doubt ‘Umar Khayyam [1048-1131 C.E.] And Iranian Freethought by Ibn Warraq From New English Review, May 2007.  In 1859, the year that saw the first edition of Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species, there appeared The Rubaiyat of ‘Omar Khayyam, the Astronomer Poet of Persia, an anonymous translation of the quatrains of […]

Islamic Enlightenment by Ibn Warraq From New English Review, August  2007.    What we need, of course, is not a Reformation in Islam but an Enlightenment. For me Reformation implies dishonest, piece-meal tinkering with this or that aspect of Islam which really leaves the whole unsavory edifice essentially intact. But we are not going to […]

How To Argue With A Muslim: “Out Of Context” by Ibn Warraq It is quite common to hear two arguments from Muslims and apologists of Islam, the language argument, and that old standby of crooked, lying politicians, “you have quoted out of context.” Let us look at the language argument first. You are asked aggressively, […]

  Reasons For Leaving Islam: Islam On Trial Textual Evidence From  Original Muslim Arabic Sources   PART ONE : MUHAMMAD AND HIS COMPANIONS . A: Muhammad’s Cruelty .   When some people from the tribe of Ukl who had reverted from Islam and killed a shepherd of camels were captured , Muhammad ordered that their  hands […]

The St. Petersburg DeclarationApril 5, 2007 [Note: This declaration was the result of deliberations following the historic Secular Islam Summit held in St. Petersburg, Florida in March of 2007.  Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal wrote a feature story about this event titled “Islam’s Other Radicals.” ] ————————————————– We are secular Muslims, and secular persons […]