This event is hosted by Atheists and Other Freethinkers
Who is the mystery man who will bravely deconstruct Islam and its history at the AOF May general meeting? Raji Al Munir (not his real name) asked us not to display a photo, for obvious reasons. A native expatriat from an undisclosed Islamic country, and a secular humanist, he is the author of the new book, Islam, God, and the New Enlightenment. As a former Muslim who lost his faith in Islam, he is at risk, and cannot safely return to his home.
Raji will talk about the history of Islam, its true roots, and the need to examine religion in general from a scientific perspective. Because of Islam's particular history and the absence (as yet) of an Islamic Reformation, strongly Muslim cultures tend not to be open to freedom of inquiry or of scientific or social progress. Innovation today arises from America, East Asia or Europe, not from Islamic countries. The answer, as Raj sees it, is for a general acceptance of what he calls the new enlightenment -- including a scientific worldview, the decline of dogmatic religious belief and some form of secular humanism.
Come to AOF's May meeting to hear this courageous man who has put his life on the line to appeal for an honest enlightenment within Islamic culture. Alljihads and fatwas to be checked at the door -- and please, no baggy clothing.
Raji will bring extra copies of his book for sale and signing after his talk.
To read the introduction of the book, please visit his website, www.rmunir.com