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The rise of Arab Atheism

The Rise of Arab Atheism

Religious disbelief is viewed with alarm in most Arab countries. Two government ministries in Egypt have been ordered to produce a national plan to “confront and eliminate” atheism. In Saudi Arabia, the most recent anti-terrorism law classifies “calling for atheist thought” as a terrorist offence. This hounding of non-believers might seem especially strange at a time when concerns are high about those who kill in the name of religion, but Arab societies have a general aversion to nonconformity, and the regimes that rule them often promote an official version of Islam that suits their political needs. Thus both jihadism and…
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Many ex-Muslims in Britain face ostracisation and isolation from their communities, while some are subject to physical and psychological abuse Getty

Tsunami of Atheism in Muslim Communities

Islamic communities contain ‘tsunamis of atheism’ that are being suppressed, says leading ex-Muslim Documentary exposes ‘silent challenges’ facing those who abandon their Muslim faith Thousands of ex-Muslims in Britain are living in fear of violent revenge for abandoning the Islamic faith while others are afraid to admit they no longer believe, a support group for ex-Muslims has said. 

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz died at age 90

Jailed and Tortured for Being Atheist

MAY GOD HELP HIM – The hardline Islamic state of Saudi Arabia has a law defining atheist beliefs as ‘terrorism’ A COURT in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to ten years in prison and 2,000 lashes for expressing his atheism on Twitter. The 28-year-old reportedly refused to repent, insisting what he wrote reflected his beliefs and that he had the right to express them. The hardline Islamic state’s religious police in charge of monitoring social networks found more than 600 tweets denying the existence of God, ridiculing Koranic verses, accusing all prophets of lies and saying their teaching fuelled hostilities. The court…
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Which Countries Still Outlaw Apostasy and Blasphemy?

Apostasy and blasphemy may seem to many like artifacts of history. But in dozens of countries around the world, laws against apostasy and blasphemy remain on the books and often are enforced. Last December, for instance, authorities in Sudan charged 25 men for apostasy – the act of abandoning one’s faith — including by converting to another religion. The men face the death penalty for following a different interpretation of Islam than the one sanctioned by the government. And, in Pakistan, police are currently pursuing a Christian accused of sending an allegedly blasphemous poem to a friend. Blasphemy – defined as speech or…
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Tsunami of Atheism in Iran

Tsunami of Atheism in Iran

Iran’s moral guardians are concerned: while Islam is increasing in political importance throughout the Arab world, people in the Islamic Republic of Iran are leaving the mosques in droves. As Ali Sadrzadeh found out, young people seem especially susceptible to the attractions of sects or Christianity “Baztab” (“Echo”) is the most widely read and quoted news portal in Iran. It has increased I prominence as a result of the presidential electoral campaign which is now under way, but it also benefits from the fact that it enjoys the protection of Mohsen Rezai, who is campaigning to become Mahmud Ahmadinejad’s successor…
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A mosque in central Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan Region

The Changing Face of Islam in Kurdistan

ERBIL, Kurdistan region — “We Muslims have a lot of problems with our religion for a lot of reasons,” the words of Sanger Najim, a young man living in Erbil, echo the sentiments of a growing population in the Kurdistan region who struggle with questions about their faith.

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