Category Archives Statements and Declarations

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]