Out today: Ali Rizvi’s “The Atheist Muslim”

Ex-Muslim Ali Rizvi‘s new book. The Atheist Muslim, is out today, and if you click on the screenshot you can go to the Amazon link.  I read the book in draft form and provided a blurb for the back cover, so I obviously think it’s worth reading. It’s an interweaving of his personal journey away from Islam combined with more theological and political arguments against the religion—from one who was an adherent. Since none of the Four Horsepersons was a Muslim, this is a good addition to the New Atheist literature—a complement to Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s more personal narratives in her first two books (and her more theological/political arguments in her latest).

There’s a review at Publisher’s Weekly that is pretty much spot on.  Read the book more for the arguments against Islam, which are very good, than for the personal stuff.



  1. Posted November 22, 2016 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Ex-Muslim Ali Rizvi‘s new book. The Atheist Muslim, is out today …

    Though not for another month on this side of the pond. 😦 (Why do they do that?)

    Still, any book with positive “blurbs” from Dawkins, Pinker, PCC-E, Maajid Nawaz and Sam Harris should be worth the wait.

  2. Christopher
    Posted November 22, 2016 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    I really need to hold off a bit on my book-buying, it’s getting out of hand, to the point where I’m wondering if I’ll live long enough to read all that I already own, but I may have to make an exception with this…good thing I’m rich, oh, wait…ah well, who needs money anyway.

    • Posted November 23, 2016 at 8:46 am | Permalink

      I know what you mean. Years ago, when I actually had the time to read books, I bought only the books I genuinely wanted to read and could afford. I calculated that I still bought books about 300 times faster than I could read them.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted November 23, 2016 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

      I’m the same. There are so many books I want to read, and I keep buying them even when I know I can’t afford them and probably won’t get around to reading them. I’ve been trying to be more disciplined, but I keep making exceptions. This is another tempting tome!

  3. ToddP
    Posted November 22, 2016 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    A welcome addition to the bookshelf and a valuable insight from an ex-Muslim’s perspective. Congrats, Ali.

  4. Scote
    Posted November 22, 2016 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    It’s horrible that so many in Islam are violent reactionaries and that my first thought when seeing this book is “I hope the author is safe from being murdered” rather than “I hope the book is good and that people enjoy it”.

    I look forward to checking it out and I wish the author safe travels.

    • Dave
      Posted November 23, 2016 at 5:28 am | Permalink

      Yes, that was my first reaction too. For an ex-muslim to write a book like this under his own name (if indeed it is) is a very brave act in today’s world. I hope the author has taken steps to ensure his personal security.

      • nicky
        Posted November 23, 2016 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

        Yes, that was my first thought too. Sad, but apostates deserve death. Even ‘moderate’ muslims -a minority- have some difficulty with that prescript.
        I found the review a bit brief, to put it mildly. Will have to read the book myself, well, anyway.

  5. Posted November 23, 2016 at 2:01 am | Permalink

    Just purchased the Kindle Version. A warm story of a frightened child trying to understand religion’s hatred…

    • Posted November 28, 2016 at 8:59 am | Permalink

      Yes. I read the first chapter on amazon and ordered the kindle version immediately. Can’t put it down! Thanks, Jerry.

  6. Mike
    Posted November 23, 2016 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    Doubt there’ll be any Copies in Indonesian,Saudi Arabian, Pakistani or any other benighted places Bookshops,which is where they need to be.

  7. Posted November 23, 2016 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    There’s a review of this volume in the latest Free Inquiry as well.

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