In Arab countries, openly declaring a disbelief in God is a shocking and sometimes dangerous thing to do. Many have been imprisoned for it, some have been forced into exile and others threatened with execution.
And yet, in a region where the influence of religion is almost inescapable, growing numbers are claiming a right to believe or disbelieve as they see fit. Social media have given them a voice and the uprisings that toppled Arab dictators have emboldened them to speak out.
In this ground-breaking book, journalist Brian Whitaker looks at the factors that lead them to abandon religion and the challenges they pose for governments and societies that claim to be organised according to the will of God.
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"Arabs Without God is an even-handed and sober exploration of its subject."
Royston, 59 Steps
"This book is for believers and non-believers alike."
"Well written and informative."
@Blindopolis on Twitter
"If you're thinking about the Middle East and you haven't read Arabs Without God, you're doing it wrong."
Teller, journalist and travel writer
"Finally somebody who talks about something else while everybody talks sectarianism and fundamentalism."
@donatelladr on Twitter
"Acute and entertaining commentary on science versus fundamentalism."
Brown, writer, journalist, Orwell Prize winner
"Whitaker's balanced exploration of the Arab world's new wave of atheism is well-researched and supported by numerous first-hand interviews."
Reviews of Arabs Without God
19 November 2014
12 September 2014
Steps 9 September 2014
1 July 2015
(Portugal) 12 February 2015
Humanist Interview with the author of Arabs
Without God, 25 November 2014
Comment 12 September 2014
with author Majalla al-Mulhidin al-Arab, issue 36,
November 2015. (The interview was published in Arabic but an
English version can be found here.)
Brian Whitaker is a former Middle East editor
of the Guardian newspaper. He is the author of:
Media inquiries: brianwhit99 (at)
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