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Secular Jihadists is a podcast with Ali Rizvi and Armin Navabi, two ex-Muslims trying to spread atheism, secularism and enlightenment values in the Islamic world: SecularJihadists.com
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Are Islam & Science Compatible? Ali A. Rizvi's Talk at Muslimish 2019

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In October, Ali was invited to Muslimish's 2019 conference at the Arab American National Museum in Detroit, Michigan, to speak about Islam and science. As a scientist, physician, and ex-Muslim atheist, Ali made the case to the audience (which included several Muslim co-speakers) that science and faith are incompatible. His arguments will be useful to anyone who wants to debate theists on this topic. Check it out.
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Can Scripture Evolve? 3 Ex-Muslims Respond to Karen Armstrong 📚

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The Israeli Elections: What’s Going On?

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Start time: Nov 24, around 8:30 pm PST
After two elections failed to give rise to a governing coalition, Israel’s president is floating the idea of having a third one. Meanwhile, Benjamin Netanyahu has been indicted on corruption and fraud charges. What does this mean for the future of Israel, and the future of secularism in Israel? Armin and Ali help guide you through the impasse. Don’t miss this.
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Protests in Iran Erupt Again ✊

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Start time: Nov 18, around 7:30 pm PST
Protests in Iran have erupted again. Protestors are loudly rejecting the Islamic Republic and blocking highways in defiance of the Islamic government. Some have burned down the regime's banks, police cars, and buildings. The government has responded by shooting and killing several demonstrators. Armin and Ali break down what this means and what might happen next. Don’t miss this.
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EP121: Islam, Science & the Qur'an 🧬🕋 A Conversation With Two Muslim Physicians

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Umar and Tahir Nasser are the founders of Rational Religion, a UK-based forum where they take on the big questions in religion, atheism, science, and society. The brothers are Ahmadi Muslim physicians who are deeply familiar with the atheist arguments against religion and Islam and openly engage with the opposing side to further dialogue. They joined us to talk about whether science has made religion obsolete, whether the Qur'an is divinely revealed, the Big Bang, the nature of time, and lots more. This was a truly enjoyable discussion with believing Muslims we disagree with, and it will leave both Muslims and atheists with a lot to think about. Check it out.
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Do We Need Religion to Be Moral? 🧭 With Phil Zuckerman

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Islam, Science and the Qur'an 🧬🕋 A Conversation With Two Muslim Physicians

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The Killing of Baghdadi & Betrayal of Kurds

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Start time: Oct 29, around 7:30 pm PDT
Armin and Ali discuss the killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi by US Special Forces, the withdrawal of US forces from Northern Syria, and Turkey’s brutal offensive against the Kurds in its aftermath. Join the conversation.
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The Return of Firebrand Atheism: with David Silverman

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An Atheist Who Escaped Saudi Arabia: Zac Alrayyis

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EP119: Sarah Haider 🙋‍♀️ Taking Ex-Muslims Mainstream

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Fresh off her appearance on HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher, the wonderful Sarah Haider returns to the podcast. Sarah is the co-founder and Executive Director of Ex-Muslims of North America, and is now launching her new project, When Rights and Religions Collide—the conference happens Saturday, October 19. Check it out.
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EP118: Most Muslims Are Actually “Muslimish”: With Wissam Charafeddine

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Wissam Charafeddine is a former Imam with diplomas from Al-Azhar University and the Hawza in Qum, Iran. He hails from Lebanon and now lives in Dearborn, the city with the largest population of Muslims in the United States. He is the co-founder of Muslimish, a growing organization where questioning Muslims and ex-Muslims can come together for open dialogue as part of a common community. Muslimish is holding its semi-annual conference in Detroit on October 26 about the compatibility of Islam with science, where Ali will be a speaker. We'll talk about what it means to be "Muslimish," and much more. Don't miss this.
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Sarah Haider 🙋 Taking Ex-Muslims Mainstream

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Most Muslims Are Actually “Muslimish” 🕌 With Wissam Charafeddine

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Enlightenment Under Attack 📜 Armin’s Speech in Toronto

In today’s polarized climate of discourse in the public square, a consistent target of attack has emerged: enlightenment values of free speech, reason, scientific inquiry, and the separation of church and state. Government-backed suppression and execution of non-believers — particularly in Muslim-majority countries — is at the nexus of attention by human rights organizations around the world. Meanwhile, hardliners from both the regressive left and alt-right political extremes have pursued aggressive stances, advocating violence, bigotry and censorship. Beyond voicing outrage about this overall situation, what can be done?

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What Israelis and Palestinians Really Think: With Corey Gil-Shuster

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War With Iran?

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Start time: Sep 20, around 9:00 pm PST
On September 14, a drone and missile attack on Saudi oil facilities cut the kingdom's oil production in half and sent markets spinning. The Trump administration determined that Iran was responsible, with a series of provocations that includes the Islamic Republic shooting down a Navy drone in June. With the recent firing of Iran hawk John Bolton, the cancellation of the Iran Deal, and Iran promising an all-out war if it is attacked, there is increasing uncertainty about what will happen next. Join Armin and Ali as they unpack all of this.
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EP115: EXCLUSIVE: A Gay Atheist Speaks to Us from Pakistan

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“Zac” (not his real name) joined us from Pakistan to talk about what it’s like on the ground there for the underground LGBT community and the growing (but notoriously secret) ex-Muslim atheist voices. He is also launching The Sinning Skeptics, the very first secular podcast out of Pakistan. This brave young man, who grew up in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates, has an incredible story to tell, and you will learn a lot from him, as we did. Don’t miss it.
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EP114: Pakistan is Worried About Its Youth Leaving Islam: with Harris Sultan

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 Harris Sultan is one of the only Pakistani atheists who makes his videos in Urdu, and recently hosted debates on religion and Islam with top Pakistani celebrity Hamza Ali Abbasi. He is also the author of "The Curse of God." Recently blocked from Facebook (possibly because of his increasing prominence in Pakistan, where blasphemy is punishable by death), Harris joins the podcast to talk about recent polling in the Muslim world showing the rise of the non-religious, the increasing profile of the non-religious in Pakistan, how things may (or may not) change under the new Prime Minister, Imran Khan, Pakistan's censorship of and crackdown on atheist and secular bloggers in recent years, and much more. Check it out.
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EP113: The Atheist Movement's Political Divide: With Seth Andrews

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Seth Andrews is a pioneering legend in atheist activism, a former Christian broadcaster, and one of the most avid supporters of the Ex-Muslim movement. He joins us on Secular Jihadists as we talk about political fracturing within the atheist movement, problems with our fellow leftist liberals, free speech, cancel culture, "milkshaking," the damage Trumpism has done to the ex-Muslim movement, US politics, and lots more. For those of you feeling caught between left-wing hypocrisy and right-wing bigotry, this is a must-listen episode. Don't miss it!
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EP112: The Former White Nationalist: With Leon Korteweg

YouTube keeps removing this episode so we are posting the Soundcloud link instead!
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As a youth, Leon Korteweg joined a neo-Nazi group in the Netherlands, dabbled in Holocaust denial, resisted what he thought was the replacement of the white race with immigrants, and dreamed about an ethnostate. Today, he speaks out against nationalist and religious tribalism in all its forms, and warns about the dangers of radicalization. We talk about the factors that led him to be a white nationalist, the factors that helped him abandon the ideology, the parallels between white supremacist terrorism and Islamic terrorism, the recent rise of far right authoritarian populism, the left's failures in understanding and countering this problem, the differences between far-right and far-left violence, the El Paso and Dayton shootings, Christchurch, incels, and the most effective approaches to counter the threat of radicalization among (mostly) young men. This is an eye-opening conversation that couldn't be more important or relevant in these times. Don't miss it.
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EP111: The Atheist Who Escaped Egypt 🏃‍♂️ With Mohamed Hisham

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"I'm an atheist, which means I don't believe in God. I don't believe in him." These words should be harmless to anyone who advocates for free expression. But Mohamed Hisham said them on a national TV show in Muslim-majority Egypt. He was aggressively thrown off the show, was beaten at home, threatened constantly with death, and faced serious jail time. In time, with a campaign headed by Troy Garnaut and supported by prominent public voices like (our previous guest) Sam Harris and our own Armin Navabi, Mohamed was able to escape Egypt, and now lives as an openly gay Arab atheist in Germany. He did us the honor of telling us his incredible story—joining us from the refugee center he is currently staying at. Don’t miss this.
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The Atheist Who Escaped Egypt 🏃‍♂️ with Mohamed Hisham

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Armin Talks to Ali Dawah, an Islamic Preacher in London ☪️

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Popular self-styled Islamic YouTube preacher Ali Dawah challenged us to have a video conversation. When we tried to schedule it, he deflected. Fortunately, Armin was able to meet him in person to have that conversation—and what a conversation it was. Check this out.
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EP110: We Speak to a “Lay Muslim” 🙋🏽‍♂️ with Mohammed Ali Saadi

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Mohammed Ali Saadi is a self-described "lay Muslim" who wants to have conversations with ex-Muslims about some of our areas of disagreement. Should we give credit to Islam for the good deeds of Muslims? Are our skeptical analyses of Islamic history and scripture just historical revisionism? What do Muslims like Saadi think we have gotten wrong in our previous podcast episodes? We get into this and a lot more. Check it out.

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