Atheists are carving out a space in the Arab world’s narrowly defined religious landscape.

The Arab World’s Rebels Without a God

In Egypt and other Arab countries, the atheism taboo has been broken. Atheists are rebelling against the status quo and demanding to be seen and heard. Sometimes a film can change your life. This is exactly what happened to Alber Saber, but not in the way people usually mean. Little did the young activist suspect […]

Most Muslims Don’t Approve Of Islamic Extremism [Infographic]

Sixty-seven percent of Muslims surveyed in 11 countries in the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia said they were concerned about Islamic extremism, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. In five countries — Pakistan, Jordan, Tunisia, Turkey and Indonesia — worries about extremism among the Muslim publics increased in the past […]

A World Without Extremism is Possible

The recent mall siege in Kenya has again refocused the world’s attention on Muslim extremism and the need to fight it, says Imraan Buccus. Durban – The recent mall siege in Kenya that left close to 70 people dead has again refocused the world’s attention on Muslim extremism and the need to fight it. And […]

Lounès Matoub

Rejecting God and Colonialism: Remembering Lounès Matoub, freethinker and African Heretic

Allahu akbar! God is the greatest! With these words, sung in a sarcastic tone to make his point, Kabyle singer Lounès Matoub showed his rejection of Islam as a colonial religion imposed by Arabs in North Africa, a religion to which the vast majority of the indigenous Amazigh population now adheres. He continued to sing in […]

Protest For A Secular Tunisia

Atheism in Tunisia: Diverse and Vibrant, Yet Still Taboo

The waiter, who had a remarkable number of piercings, put drops of flower water in our coffee before sprinkling some of the ambrosial-scented liquid on our hands as well. “My grandma used to do this for good luck and for its refreshing scent,’’ the waiter explained before he left. I was sitting in one of downtown Tunis’ […]

Sign announcing the daytime closure of a restaurant during Ramadan

Tunisians Disagree on Fasting and Closure of Cafes During Ramadan

Adult Muslims traditionally fast from dawn until sunset during the month of Ramadan, which begins in Tunisia this year on July 10. Fasting is one of the five pillars, or duties, of Islam that Muslims are obliged to follow. Refraining  from fasting is not only religiously prohibited for Muslims in Tunisia, but is also socially […]

Islamists Press Blasphemy Cases in a New Egypt

DEIR EL GABRAWI, Egypt — Egypt’s prosecutors have been flooded with blasphemy complaints since 2011 as Islamists exercising their new societal clout have pushed for prosecutions and courts have handed down steep fines and prison terms for insulting religion. This month alone, a Christian teacher in Luxor was fined $14,000 for insulting the Prophet Muhammad […]

Islamic Faith on the Decline in Sudan

KHARTOUM- The Islamic Centre for Preaching and Comparative Studies chairman, Ammar Saleh, warned the Muslim community of the North East African country that both Christianity and Atheism are making steady gains in popularity. Additionally, Saleh conceded that interest in the conversion to Islam was nearly non-existent, saying anyone who believes there’s growth in Sudan’s Islamic […]

Christians Grow Anxious in 100% Islamic Sudan

KHARTOUM – When Pastor Kamis went to visit his small church in the Sudanese capital just before Christmas last year, he found a pile of rubble and the remains of a single blue wall. Hours earlier, authorities had sent in a bulldozer and workers backed by police to demolish the Africa Inland church, which used […]