Category Archives Secularists in the Islamic World

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 […]

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. […]

  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 […]