How Ramadan Can Boost Some Towards Salafism

It is clear that Ramadan and the social activities it fosters – such as tarawih and iftar – has helped to create an environment in which conservative practices, such as the niqab, are judged by the women to be right and praiseworthy, rather than extreme and embarrassing, and has led some to embrace Salafism. [Read more…]

6 Misconceptions Held about Salafi Muslims

Salafism, often referred to as “Wahhabism,” is widely regarded as a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam that fuels a hard line view of Islam and subjugates women. Some even lump ISIS and Salafism together — casting suspicion upon the thousands of Muslims who identify as Salafi in the West. After gaining unprecedented access to Salafi women’s groups in London, I discovered how to separate the realities behind the myths. Check out the six most common misconceptions about Salafi Muslims in the West below, and what the truth actually is. [Read more…]

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What Drives a Muslim to Leave His/Her Faith?

Editorial Note: In recent months, we’ve seen more coverage of Islam by the Patheos Atheist channel as well as a growing spotlight on the relationship and interactions between Atheists and Muslims in wake of the Chapel Hill shootings. One of Patheos’ Atheist bloggers, Kaveh Mousavi, considers himself an ex-Muslim and writes about his conversion-to-deconversion process here. [Read More…]