Sunday, April 9, 2017
Pakistani-Canadian author of The Atheist Muslim
"The Atheist Muslim: A Journey from Religion to Reason"
The deep integration of religion in Muslim culture has forced a new generation of nonbelieving Muslims to face the heavy costs of abandoning their parents' religion: disowned by their families, marginalized from their communities, imprisoned, or even sentenced to death by their governments.
Struggling to reconcile the Muslim society he was living in as a scientist and physician and the religion he was being raised in, Ali A. Rizvi eventually lost his faith and resolved to use his new freedom of speech to represent the voices that are usually quashed before reaching the mainstream media––those of Atheist Muslims.
The Atheist Muslim recounts the journey that allows Rizvi to criticize Islam - as one should be able to criticize any set of ideas - without having to demonizing his entire people. Emotionally and intellectually compelling, his personal story outlines the challenges of modern Islam and the factors that could help lead it toward a substantive, progressive reformation.
About Ali Rizvi:
Ali A. Rizvi grew up in Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan before moving to Canada and the United States when he was 24. Rizvi has been writing extensively about secularism in the Muslim world for several years, working as a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and being published on major media outlets like CNN.
Rizvi is also a medical communications professional and a trained physician and oncologic pathologist.
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