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  • Religion

    Escaping Religion and Abuse

    I consider myself very lucky in the sense that I was not indoctrinated into any specific religion as a child. I never had to cast aside the shackles of religion or fight to escape religious persecution. I was free to decide if religion was right for me and I didn’t have to give up family when I did that. But…

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  • Religion

    Unveiled: A Look Back on the Hijab

    I, along with two other former Muslim women (Marwa Berro of Between a Veil and a Dark Place and Reem Abdel-Razek), recently spoke with Valerie Tarico about our experiences with the hijab. This is a cross-post of my interview with her. Tarico: How long did you wear hijab, and what did it mean to you at the time? Dadabhoy: I wore hijab for…

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  • Featured

    What Do You See? The Blinding Whiteness of Feminism

    Warning: NSFW for artsy nudity. I have been a self-identified feminist for longer than I have been a self-identified [insert any other label with which I currently associate myself here]. I also am of the belief that, in those immortal and eminently quotable words from Tiger Beatdown, my feminism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit. Just as can be case…

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  • Religion

    Ask Surly Amy and Heina: Ex Conservative Muslim

    Dear Surly Amy, I come from a conservative Muslim family. I married into a conservative Muslim family and now have 4 beautiful children. I’ve always been a critical thinker, and for the past few months, I’ve turned my skeptical eye (sorry Brian Dunning for steeling your line) on my religious views. It’s been a very difficult battle, but logic and…

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  • Skepticism

    The Myth of the Muslim Monolith

    What supposedly Islamic traditions are actually specifically Arab cultural traditions, but not universally Muslim? This is quite the difficult question to answer, and not just slightly due to the fact that Muslims themselves vehemently disagree on the issue among themselves and work to promote a united front for the eyes of non-Muslims.

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  • Religion

    When The Feared Have the Most to Fear

    Despite being an ex-Muslim, i.e. someone who learned so much about Islam that she was appalled enough to leave it, I’ve been accused of being an apologist for Islam. Incidents like the actions of the New York Police Department are what make me sound like I love Islam rather than have left it.

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  • Anti-Science

    PZ Myers vs Islamists on Embryology

    Last weekend was the International Atheist Convention in Dublin, and it was great! I saw old friends, met tons of new friends, and enjoyed this pleasant interaction between PZ Myers and a group of Muslim men, in which they attempt to convince him that the science in the Qu’ran is accurate:

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  • Why Women’s Rights are Important to Skeptics

    UPDATE: see this post for how to donate. I learned somewhere that the best way to give criticism is to compliment, then give constructive criticism, then compliment again. I think they called it a “compliment sandwich,” which is stupid because you’re supposed to name a sandwich after whatever’s on the inside. But I digress. In the spirit of the compliment…

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