Reviews

The New York Times

The New York Times

Book Review / Full article

“[Rizvi] approaches his subject with the kind of scientist’s rationality that ushered in the Age of Reason, yet he does so also with a passion for humanity that is inspiring ... His open personality and earnestness make this book so compelling that Rizvi may well become the Dawkins or Hitchens for the millennial generation.”

Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins

Author of The God Delusion / Ali on RDFRS

“One man’s epic struggle to climb out of the pit of dogmatic religion into the sunshine of enlightenment. And because the religion concerned was Islam, his success story is the more important for our troubled times. In this beautifully written page turner, Ali Rizvi shows us what it is personally like to be trapped in Islam, and we admire him the more for the courage of his escape.”

Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker

Johnstone Professor of Psychology and author of The Better Angels of Our Nature / Harvard University

“Ali Rizvi’s The Atheist Muslim is an intelligent, heartfelt, and honest examination of a pressing issue in the world today. A humanistic, ecumenical, and secularized version of Islam will be among the most important movements of the 21st century, and Rizvi’s book is an invaluable guide to the challenges and opportunities in advancing it.”

The Atlantic

The Atlantic

Author profile / Full article

“The Atheist Muslim is a sustained argument for why silence is not an option.”

Sam Harris

Sam Harris

Author of the New York Times bestsellers The End of Faith, The Moral Landscape, and Waking Up. / Host of Waking Up with Sam Harris

“Ali A. Rizvi has long been a rare voice of reason and moral clarity on the topic of Islam. Finally, he has written a book—and it was worth the wait. One of the greatest challenges of our time is to inspire a secular Enlightenment throughout the Muslim community. But the obscurantism practiced by so many ‘moderate’ Muslims, along with the hypocrisy of their liberal apologists, has made this project immensely more difficult. If you want to understand why so many free, educated people continue to lie supine before the threat of Islamist theocracy, read The Atheist Muslim.”

Publisher's Weekly

Publisher's Weekly

Book Review / Full article

“Rizvi brings nuance to understanding the connections among religion, frustration, and violence for young Muslims … By demanding a space for questioning Islam openly that does not devolve into attacking individual Muslims, the work pushes towards the possibility of a cultural Islam that maintains family and ethnic traditions without requiring belief.”

Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Actor, athlete, author, 2012 U.S. global cultural ambassador, recipient of 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom Barack Obama. / The New York Times

“The arguments presented are thoughtful, articulate, well documented, logical and … accessible.”

Maajid Nawaz

Maajid Nawaz

Author of Radical, activist, and politician. / Quilliam Foundation

“I have heard it said by my fellow liberals and Muslim co-religionists that atheists have no role in the debate around Islam’s future. They have left God’s tribe, so why should anyone listen to what they have to say. This is nothing but a form of bigotry and victim-blaming disguised as multiculturalism and ‘respect’. The day we Muslims leave ex-Muslims alone, and the day over twenty Muslim-majority countries around the world decriminalise apostasy and blasphemy, is the day we can expect them to leave Islam alone. Let there be no doubt: overwhelmingly, we Muslims are their oppressors. They—the minority within the minority—are our victims. Ali A. Rizvi’s book The Atheist Muslim is a timely and much needed contribution to the ongoing debate around contemporary Islam’s struggle to come to terms with modern liberalism, secularism, and freedom of as well as from religion.”

Library Journal

Library Journal

Book Review / Full article

“Rizvi presents an empathetic, well-argued, and hopeful case for a more secular humanistic Muslim path.”

Raheel Raza

Raheel Raza

President of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow and author of Their Jihad…Not my Jihad! / Watch Ali and Raheel on The Agenda with Steve Paikin

“Ali A. Rizvi has written a book which is a much-needed discourse for the Muslim world today as Muslims struggle globally with issues of radicalization and modernity. Rizvi has documented his personal journey with reason and logic, offering empathy for those following a different path. His book is less about atheism and more about the issues facing Muslims and the urgent need for critical thinking and reflection. Rizvi’s honesty and integrity has to be appreciated as he does not indulge in political correctness. As a believer I recommend this book be read at least once.”

Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

Book review / Full article

“Rare and intriguing arguments in the debate over Islam.”

Jerry Coyne

Jerry Coyne

Professor Emeritus, author of Faith Versus Fact and the New York Times bestseller Why Evolution is True / University of Chicago

“In this timely and important book, Ali Rizvi deftly weaves together two narratives: the abandonment of his Muslim faith, and a critique of those doctrines of Islam that create terrorism and oppression. It turns out that these are connected, for the very reasons Rizvi became an apostate are the reasons why it’s no longer possible to see Islam as a ‘religion of peace.’”

Dave Rubin

Dave Rubin

Host of The Rubin Report / Watch Ali on The Rubin Report

“Ali’s message is one which any of us who want true understanding and coexistence should hear. Separating belief from tradition is the key to us respecting other people and cultures while not ignoring our intellect to do so.”

Asra Q. Nomani

Asra Q. Nomani

Activist and author of Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam / Muslim Reform Movement

“Do you worry about Islam in the world today? If so, you must read The Atheist Muslim. Ironically, atheist Muslims like Ali A. Rizvi are the saving grace of Islam. Atheist Muslims, like Ali, give us hope for a pathway in which we, as Muslim reformers, can save Islam from the Muslims burying the religion in a heap of medieval, sexist and intolerant interpretations. The Atheist Muslim offers all of us a vitally important road map for critical thinking about Islam—and, yes, hope.”

The Huffington Post

The Huffington Post

Book Review / Full article

“This is one of the most important books to come out recently … [it] treats a complicated subject with much needed nuance … this book is for everyone.”