Growing up in Pakistan, Ibn Warraq ‘learned to read the Koran in Arabic without Apostasy – the leaving of Islam – is a crime potentially punishable by death. Reasons For Leaving Islam: Islam On Trial. Reasons For Leaving Islam: Islam On Trial Textual Evidence From Original Muslim Arabic Sources. In Leaving Islam, Ibn Warraq has assembled a compelling list of writings from individuals of Muslim birth who renounced their faith. It serves as a.

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Apostates Speak Out is a book, authored and edited by ex-Muslim and secularist Ibn Warraqthat researches and documents cases of apostasy in Islam. It also contains a collection of essays by ex-Muslims recounting their own experience in leaving the Islamic religion.

Leaving Islam is divided into four parts, contains a preface and five appendices. The next section presents the history of the application of Islamic jurisprudence on apostates, documenting notable cases from the early centuries of Islam, such as those of freethinkers Ibn al-Rawandi and Rhazes —or skeptical poets such as Omar Khayyam — [4] and Hafiz —89or Sufi mystic practitioners Mansur Al-Hallaj executed inAs-Suhrawardi executed inand the skeptic al-Ma’arri — Part 2 consists of numerous case studies, covering modern-day apostasies, and conversions-out-of-Islam trends throughout the world.

The third part contains silam of Muslim-raised apostates, including the ex-Muslim Ali Awrraq. According to Sina, it is no longer sufficient to simply not believe anymore, but “it is our duty to expose Islam, to write about Muhammad ‘s depraved lifestyle, about his shameful acts and his foolish claims. The last part is about people born in the West who were not raised as Muslims, but converted to Islam in later life, and then deconverted out of Islam again.

The appendix “Islam on Trial: On 24 JuneIbn Warraq held a public lecture in disguise, to protect his identity in Cambridge, Massachusetts about the book and the context in which it was composed. He also said his target audience with the book was not just Muslims but everyone. Aside from giving Muslim apostates a voice, Warraq also conveyed his idea that ex-Muslims ibbn take the lead in criticising Islam and Islamism.


As former Muslims, they have experienced Islam from within, and know it better than critics from outside, and perhaps can speak about it with more authority. To support this, Warraq compared s Bolshevism and s Islamism, and modern-day ex-Muslims to ex-communists from the s, referencing Arthur Koestler ‘s statement to his formerly fellow communists: Some weeks before publication, a few writings taken from Leaving Islam were made available online on the website of Warraq’s Institute for the Secularisation of Islamic Society.

Reviewing these previews for Dutch daily newspaper Trouwscholar of Islam Hans Jansen noted that, although “not all of the testimonies are written down in equally pretty English”, he accepted this consequence of the world wide web being accessible around the globe and users with other native languages now able to communicate in unprecedented ways that censorship would previously prevent.

The rule, applying in all Islamic countries, that only Islam may enter the marketplace of new religious ideas, has definitively come to an end due leavijg the Internet, and Ibn Warraq.

The New York Review of Books commented that Leaving Islam is “probably the first book of its kind — a compendium of testimonies from former Muslims about their estrangement from the Islamic faith. When a Dutch translation by Bernadette de Wit with a foreword by Afshin Ellian was published inde Volkskrant found the book “interesting, islak it shows how the process of deconversion occurs in Muslim migrants.

Leaving Islam: Apostates Speak Out

They agreed that both the Quran and the Bible described many atrocities and contained a lot of immoral commandments, but while modern Christians and Jews were praised for cherry-picking the good bits and ignoring the unethical parts or taking them as parablesthe contributors of Leaving Islam tended to claim that modern Muslims who try to do the same are blind to what the texts literally say, and should stop believing in them altogether.


Trouw journalist Eildert Mulder noted that the ex-Muslims’ testimonies had a lot in common with those of ex-Christians.

However, the latter usually focus on attacking the churchesor recounting how they suffered from their Christian upbringing; they rarely target the character of Jesus: The anger against Muhammad is enormous amongst apostates,” especially concerning the oppression of women, human rights violations and mass murder.

Although Warraq does discuss a few such cases in the book, Mulder criticised Warraq’s website for featuring only ex-Muslim atheists and agnostics’ excerpts from the book, and none from people who left Islam for another religion: In a similar book, The Apostates: When Muslims Leave IslamSimon Cottee challenged Leaving Islam’ s assertion that the fact that the death penalty for apostasy is supported by several passages in the hadith, this means this reflects islsm 21st-century mainstream Muslim opinion on the matter.

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Leaving Islam: Apostates Speak Out by Ibn Warraq

I wanted to point out that there were a large number of ex-Muslims, and I wanted to hold them up as examples to ex-Muslims to come out of the closet. The New York Review of Books.

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