In Conversation with Sara Al Iraqiya on Leaving Islam, Global Affairs, and Society

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Sara Al Iraqiya is a USA-based 2nd generation Iraqi-American social scientist, writer, and activist. Raised under Sunni Islam and a survivor of attempted radicalization in American mosques and centers — she has both lived experience as well as academic experience with Islam. By age 20, after gaining … Continue reading

Marieme Helie Lucas on the Case of Noura Hussein Hammad

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Marieme Helie Lucas is an Algerian sociologist, activist, founder of ‘Secularism is a Women’s Issue,’ and founder and former International Coordinator of ‘Women Living Under Muslim Laws.’  Here we talk about the case of Noura Hammad. Noura has been sentenced to death and has 15 days to appeal … Continue reading

Iraqi Atheists Arrested for Atheism

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Al-Monitor reported on the arrests sent out for Iraqis charged with the crime of atheism. The charges come through the Dhi Qar province Garraf district judiciary. Atheism as a crime gained lots of social media attention. Some argue this is against the rights of the Iraqis. The … Continue reading

Interview with Ghada Ibrahim on Islam, Saudi Arabia, and More

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Ghada Ibrahim is a Former Muslim and Saudi Activist. In particular, an activist for the rights of women in Islam and talking about her former faith. Here we talk about growing up in a Saudi Muslim family, family life, aspects of Islam, well-being of women and men … Continue reading

The Role of Religion in Gender Inequality

By Kyle Sittek-Lumsden Is religion good, bad, or neutral for gender equality? Does the religiosity of individuals or countries impact gender attitudes and outcomes for women regardless of religion? Is Islam exceptional when it comes to currently promoting gender inequality? This blog will attempt to explore some evidence and issues … Continue reading

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