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I refuse to say Ramadan Mubarak this year — here’s why.

I wont say Ramadan Mubarak to those who practice this year. I have said it in the past, in the years after I came out with my apostasy, wishing nothing but goodwill to my friends and loved ones who choose to practice. Whatever floats your boat as long as you …

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In defense of the term ‘Regressive Left’

Having been recently and increasingly galled by claims like ‘There is no such thing as the regressive left’, I am compelled to offer a brief  if impassioned defense… Me: *writes detailed critical piece examining how damaging “regressive left” tendencies can arise from progressive thought.* Internet commenters: There’s no such thing as …

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GenderHuman Rights

On “I can’t condemn FGM because of my colonialist past”–A critical discussion of what drives the Regressive Left, and how progressive allies can help

Edit: Check out my follow-up piece, ‘In Defense of the Term Regressive Left‘, inspired by dismissive reactions to this one. My dear liberal, feminist, anti-racist and otherwise progressive allies— I want to talk about what we’ve been calling the ‘regressive left’, and invite you to a more critical humanistic attitude. …

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Human RightsReligion

On ‘There is no compulsion in religion’

There is a huge misconception that I am progressively angrier about, largely because of the way it is wielded. It concerns 2:256, the famous Qur’anic verse that states ‘There is no compulsion in religion’, which is often quoted in part* and taken as evidence that Islam is tolerant of non-Muslims. The …

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Gender

I don’t oppose the hijab because I was forced; I oppose the hijab because it sucks

That’s right. This is a post about a common misapprehension when discussing the hijab, one that has arisen a thousand and one times (or so it seems at the end of this long, long week, since I launched the Ex-Hijabi Fashion Photo Journal). The misapprehension is this: Reasons the hijab …

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Gender

The World Behind the Veil: What Listening to Women Taught This Man

  This is a guest piece by Mazen Abdallah, an ex-Muslim, comedian, and teacher. He is an American of Syrian-Lebanese origin who lives in Lebanon, and would like to talk about how reading the Ex-Hijabi Photo Journal–which you should go check out if you haven’t already–has influenced his perception of …

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Gender

My interview with VICE about the Ex-Hijabi Fashion Photo Journal

My interview with VICE about the Ex-Hijabi Fashion Photo Journal I’ll take a moment to note that this interview is the first time I publicly use my real name in conjunction with my ex-Muslim work! Here’s an excerpt:   But my body is not an object of discord to be …

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Opinion

WTF *happened* to the Arab World?

Full disclosure: I’m a bit more than sufficiently intoxicated right about now, and it’s roundabout 5am, when perhaps I ought to defer to better judgment and keep from posting these things. But WTH, perhaps this blog deserves *one* impassioned drunken post. So yes, I’m drunk, and my normally amusical self …

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Gender

I’m not exchanging my hijab for a bulletproof vest

  This post is for a subset of my allies. It’s been building up for a bit but sort of crescendoed with a lot of the responses to my Ex-Hijabi Fashion Photo Journal project, which is fabulous and you should totally check out before you read another word, go go …

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Gender

Join the Ex-Hijabi Fashion Photo Journal!

  I’m very excited about launching this new project: the Ex-Hijabi Fashion Photo Journal! Featuring ex-hijabis with awesome hairstyles and tattoos and piercings. Ex-hijabis in bikinis and little black dresses and cargo pants and hiking boots. Ex-hijabis who are femme and ex-hijabis who are butch. Ex-hijabis who are women and …

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