Maryam Namazie

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Name: Maryam Namazie
Date registered: November 2, 2011
URL: http://www.maryamnamazie.com


aryam Namazie is a political activist, campaigner and blogger. She is the Spokesperson for Fitnah - Movement for Women's Liberation, Equal Rights Now, One Law for All Campaign against Sharia Law in Britain and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. She works closely with Iran Solidarity, which she founded, and the International Committee against Stoning. She is current editor of Fitnah's monthly English publication Unveiled and will be hosting a weekly television programme in Persian called Bread and Roses broadcast in Iran and the Middle East via New Channel TV from mid-February 2014. Maryam is Humanist Laureate at the International Academy of Humanism since 2013, Central Committee member of the Worker-communist Party of Iran; National Secular Society Honorary Associate; Honorary Associate of Rationalist International and Emeritus Member of the Secular Humanist League of Brazil. In June 2012, The Islamic regime of Iran's media outlets did an 'exposé' on Maryam entitled 'Meet this anti-religion woman'. Maryam was a character in DV8 Physical Theatre's Can We Talk About This?, which deals with freedom of speech, censorship and Islam. She was awarded Journalist of the Year at the Dods Women in Public Life Awards (2013); selected one of the top 45 women of the year by Elle magazine Quebec (2007); awarded the National Secular Society's Secularist of the Year Award (2005); selected 'Iranian of the Year' by Iranian.com readers (1997 and 1998); International Rescue Committee medal recipient (1988); and received the Julia B. Friedman Humanitarian Award (1987). In the past few years, she has initiated a Day to Stand with Bangladesh's Bloggers and Activists; an International Day to Defend Amina and the Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar 2012-2013 and helped launch the Manifesto for a Free and Secular Middle East and North Africa. She has spoken and written numerous articles on women's rights issues, free expression, political Islam, and secularism and been interviewed by all the major international news outlets. She has co-authored Sharia Law in Britain: A Threat to One Law for All and Equal Rights (One Law for All, June 2010), Enemies Not Allies: The Far-Right (One Law for All, August 2011), and The Political and Legal Status of Apostates in Islam (CEMB, December 2013). She also has an essay entitled ‘When the Hezbollah came to my School’ in 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists (Wiley-Blackwell, October 2009) and is featured in A Better Life: A Hundred Atheists Speak out on Joy and Meaning in a World Without God (2013) amongst others. Previously, Namazie produced a weekly TV International programme broadcast in the Middle East; was the elected Executive Director of the International Federation of Iranian Refugees, a refugee run organisation with 60 branches in 15 countries worldwide for 8 years; founded the Committee for Humanitarian Assistance to Iranian Refugees; was the Human Rights Advocates Training Programme Coordinator at Columbia University's Centre for the Study of Human Rights in New York and the NYC Refugee Coordinator/ US National Steering Committee Member of Amnesty International. She was Co-founder of Human Rights Without Frontiers based in the Sudan, Co-founder and President of the US-based Refugee Women’s Network and ran a refugee women's leadership training programme in NYC.

Latest posts

  1. Equality and Human Rights Commission rules that gender segregation is unlawful — July 23, 2014
  2. Morality without God — July 23, 2014
  3. 2 August, Another international day of action in support of jailed workers in Iran — July 23, 2014
  4. We must break hold of pro-Islamist lobby on the Law Society — July 20, 2014
  5. Moroccan activists defying fasting rules beaten; Join 20 July International Day to Defy Fasting Rules — July 20, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar is Here! — 194 comments
  2. Malaysia must pay for this and Saudi Arabia too: Hamza must live — 170 comments
  3. 4 April 2013: International Day to Defend Amina; she represents us — 150 comments
  4. You can expect threats if you discuss Sharia — 144 comments
  5. World Hijab Day!? — 140 comments

Author's posts listings

Apr 20 2014

They kill atheists and we are deemed terrorists!


Here is my opening statement on the International Atheism panel with Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar and Cristina Rad at AACon2014: Punishing apostates is a long-standing and fundamental feature of all major religions. Islam is no different except that Islamism – an extreme Right movement with Islam as its banner – is this era’s inquisition and totalitarianism. …

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Apr 17 2014

I’m at American Atheist Convention

I’ve just arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah for the American Atheist Convention which starts Thursday! I’ll be speaking on apostasy and nude protest as challenges to Islamism and Islam. More details here.

Apr 13 2014

Iranian cultural figures and artists outside Iran stand united against the execution of Rayhaneh Jabbari

Let us band together to save someone from capital punishment. Let us not stand by and watch as a precious life is snuffed out. Rayhaneh Jabbari is 26 years old. At age 19 she was charged with the murder of Morteza Sarbandi, a doctor and a former employee of the Ministry of Intelligence and Surveillance …

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Apr 13 2014

Ghesas and Execution are the same

Mohammad Javad Larijani, the secretary-general of the Iranian High Council for Human Rights recently said: “The problem lies in that the west does not understand that Ghesas code [retribution] is different from execution. A verdict of Ghesas belongs to the aggrieved who can either pardon the condemned or impose the sentence”. Mohammad Javad Larijani said: …

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Apr 11 2014

Rayhaneh is to be reportedly executed on Tuesday

The only way to save her is to increase the pressure through the Campaign IT HAS NOW BEEN REPORTED THAT RAYHANEH’S EXECUTION DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR THIS TUESDAY. WE MUST STOP IT. On Saturday 7 April 2014 or Farvardin 17, 1393 on the Persian calender a meeting was held in Tehran in the name …

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Apr 10 2014

28 April 2014 Symbolic Protest, Law Society, London

Join Protest against Law Society 28 April 2014 from 5:00-6:00pm at The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL. Just show up or join the Facebook Page of the One Law for All, Southall Black Sisters, Centre for Secular Space, Lawyers Secular Society and LSE SUASH organised symbolic protest. The protest is endorsed by the Council of …

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Apr 03 2014

International Humanist Academy

I was recently elected as a Laureate of the International Humanist Academy. Other distinguished members include some of my favourite people: AC Grayling, Richard Dawkins, Taslima Nasrin, Harold Kroto and many more! Here’s a list of the members and more about the Academy. آکادمی بین المللی اومانىسم (انسانگرایی) مريم نمازى را بعنوان عضو خود انتخاب کرده …

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Apr 01 2014

Fitnah Unveiled March 2014

Unveiled: A Publication of Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation March 2014, Volume 2, Issue 3 Editor: Maryam Namazie; Design: Kiran Opal PDF Version of Publication This is my body; I will do whatever I want with it, Interview with Amina Sboui and Aliaa Magda Elmahdy Maryam Namazie: Why did you do the nude action …

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Apr 01 2014

This is my body; I will do whatever I want with it, Interview with Amina Sboui and Aliaa Magda Elmahdy


Unveiled A Publication of Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation March 2014 Volume 2, Issue 3 Editor: Maryam Namazie Design: Kiran Opal PDF Version of Publication: Fitnah-Unveiled-March-2014 In This Issue – This is my body; I will do whatever I want with it, Interview with Amina Sboui and Aliaa Magda Elmahdy – News Flash: February …

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Mar 28 2014

وقتی زن بودن یک جرم است، اعتراض عریان یک چالش سیاسی مهم علنی است

Cover-Amina Sboui-Maryam Namazie-Aliaa Magda Elmahdy - by Waleed El Husseini

انترناسیونال ۵۵۰ وقتی زن بودن یک جرم است، اعتراض عریان یک چالش سیاسی مهم علنی است مریم نمازی همه مذاهب دیدی تحقیر آميز نسبت به زن و بدن او دارند. اسلام  متفاوت از بقیه نیست. اما به دلیل اینکه امروز اسلام پرچم یک جنبش سیاسی است که قدرت دولتی را هم در دست دارد، بدن …

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Mar 28 2014

I’ll be in Poland at Atheist Congress this weekend

I will be speaking at the first Atheist Days in Warsaw, Poland on 28-29 March. The event starts on Friday (28.03) with an evening of atheist movies. On 29.03, there will be a march of atheists followed by the historical reconstruction of the execution of the nobleman Lyszczynski, the author of the treaty “On non …

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Mar 27 2014

The Law Society must withdraw its guidance on Sharia-succession rules


We, the undersigned, are appalled to learn that the Law Society, the representative body for solicitors in England and Wales, has issued Sharia-related guidance on wills, succession and inheritance. The guidance says: “Certain principles of Sharia are different to English succession laws. For example, it is not possible to inherit under Sharia rules via a …

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Mar 27 2014

Who speaks for British Muslims

A few days ago, BBC Newsnight showed a programme by Maajid Nawaz entitled “Who speaks for British Muslims” (you can see it below). Over the past few days, there’s been a huge uproar about how he could have dared to include me – an ex-Muslim – as a “minority voice”. In the programme I explained …

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Mar 27 2014

Diversity Awards

Several people have nominated me for the National Diversity Awards as a positive role model. Thank you! Though I have a sneaky feeling that I am not the type of diversity they are looking for. Diversity is lovely, don’t get me wrong, but usually from the multicultural and culturally relativist point of view, diversity often …

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Mar 24 2014

Iran: Save Rayhaneh Jabbari from execution by hanging

Reyhaneh Jabbari - photo from rowzane

Reyhaneh Jabbari is now 26 years old and has been in Tehran’s dreaded Evin prison since 2007. In July 2007 she was alone inside a coffee shop and was speaking on her phone about architecture and design. Morteza, a physician and a former employee of the feared Iranian Intelligence Services, overheard the conversation, approached her …

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Mar 23 2014

I will be nude, I will protest, and I will challenge you to your core!


All religions have a disturbing view of the female and her body. Islam is no different.  Given that Islamism – a regressive political movement with state power and political influence in many places – is using Islam as its banner, however, women’s sexuality and bodies are policed and criminalised and misogyny is encouraged and imposed …

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Mar 20 2014

Happy Nowrooz!


Happy Nowrooz all! Here’s our Haft Seen table. looks a bit sad! There is a lot to be grateful in the New Year, including family, friends and loved ones and the fact that we have one life to live and need to make the best of it and do our utmost to leave this world …

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Mar 10 2014

در دفاع از برهنگى

 جديد مصاحبه ديروز من با فرانسه ۲۴ ****** دوستان زيادى دلايل اعتراض برهنگى ام را از من پرسيدند. بزودى توضيحات بيشترى خواهم داد (اما امشب کلوب کمدى کافر را دارم سازمان مى  دهم و پس فردا پرواز مى کنم به آمريکا براى سخنرانى در دانشگاه ميزورى) اما براى الان خوب است چند مطلب قديمى به …

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Mar 08 2014

Nude protest for Intl Women’s Day


Today, 8 March, International Women’s Day, Amina Sboui, Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, Solmaz Vakilpour, Safia Lebdi, Meriam Russel and myself protested nude in support of women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa at the Louvre in Paris. I didn’t want to just hold the Islamic regime of Iran’s flag so I cut out the …

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Mar 06 2014

69 hours left to help…


37 wonderful people have given £1,790 to make our taboo-breaking, free-thinking TV magazine a reality. The donation that has pleased us the most so far is the £1 given by an Iranian asylum seeker who couldn’t afford more but we’re also very excited about every other donation up to £500! Thank you! But here’s our …

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