Layla Murad and Her Reasons for Leaving Islam

Reading this made me wonder why we aren’t as willing to tell the stories of ex-Muslims and how they see their own cultural climate change due to the pressure of Islamic changes.

Layla Murad is another “Arab Name” of note. She was a Egyptian singer and incredibly popular. If she lived today she would never have become famous, because she was a Jew.

This isn’t THE Layla Murad but someone who was inspired by her to take on her name to write under that. In the same way that I picked up Avicenna (the latinised form of Ibn Sina). I am not the Medieval Islamic Polymath and Doctor. I don’t own a time machine despite what the TV show tells you.

But her story on why she left Islam is an astonishingly good read.


  1. says

    The comments on her article are unsettling… Many of them seem to be trying to dismiss her or patronise her. I suppose that when one hasn’t got anything else to say, complaining “this is badly written” is a substitute for an argument?

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