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Understanding Islamic Feminism

In this hour-long program we travel the world to examine the meaning of Islamic feminism and meet with women activists who are working for change. We visit Egypt, where we learn how one of the world’s most influential centers of Islamic study is squaring its teachings with the changing status of women. In Morocco, we …

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Lose faith, find friends – Toronto group helps ex-Muslims see meaning outside of religion

A support group for ex-Muslims says it has surpassed 100 members in Toronto and continues to grow. Ex-Muslims of North America was formed about two years ago, when former Muslims from Canada and the U.S. who had found each other on Reddit decided to create a communities offline. It’s been particularly popular in the large …

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I Escaped an Arranged Marriage

A few months ago, Amina left home. She was due to marry her father’s friend: a man from Yemen nearly three times her age. The thought of it terrified her. She had expressed deep reservations from the start, but her father – a well-known sheikh in Canada with a large international following – was adamant …

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For Muslim apostates, giving up their faith can be terrifying, alienating and dangerous

In many Muslim-majority countries, renouncing Islam is a crime punishable by death. But even in the liberal West, some ex-Muslims continue to fear leaving their faith. Although reformists point to the Qur’anic ruling,”there is no compulsion in religion,” they hide their disbelief or risk being ostracized by their families and the wider ummah (community) of …

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Reza Aslan calls threats from atheists ‘venomous’ and is dealt the truth about apostasy

Aslan who has been in a long media feud with Sam Harris and Bill Maher to name a few, has been getting flack from many in the atheist community for his refusal to hold Islam accountable for many of the crimes against humanity committed in its name. Aslan wants to place blame solely on governments …

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Activists fight Twitter censorship in Pakistan with #TwitterTheocracy

Ex-Muslims of North America , or EXMNA, asked Twitter users to join Tuesday’s campaign using hashtag #TwitterTheocracy to target what they say is Twitter’s compliance with Pakistan censorship laws. Truth be told, we love @twitter. It’s because we value its role, that we want to ensure it doesn’t sell-out to theocrats. #TwitterTheocracy — ExMuslims N. …

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New York Times – Leaving Islam for Atheism, and Finding a Much-Needed Place Among Peers

Women talked about “coming out,” being open with their families, leaving “the closet” at a conference here this month. But the topic was not sexuality. Instead, the women, attending the third Women in Secularism conference were talking about being atheists. Some grew up Catholic, some Jewish, some Protestant — but nearly all described journeys of …

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