My next speaking engagements in Koln, Bergen, Vancouver and London

Here are the next few events and speaking engagements in Koln, Bergen, Vancouver and London:

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22-24 May 2015
International Atheist Convention “Give Peace A Chance -Secularization and global conflicts”, Cologne, Germany
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at the conference on Promoting Secularism in the Age of ISIS. More details here.

30 May 2015
Bergen International Festival, Norway
Misogyny in the Name of God
Many would claim that the patriarchal religions contain a view of women that is at odds with human rights. How does this affect our cultural understanding and the world today? In connection with the world premiere of Adam & Eve , we invite Deeyah Khan, Gunnar Stålsett, John Peder Egenæs, Cecilie Ore and Maryam Namazie to a panel discussion in association with Amnesty International and Bergens Tidende. Moderator: Hilde Sandvik. We will also be showing Yoko Ono’s controversial art film Arising.  More details here.

5-7 June 2015
Vancouver, Canada
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at the 5th Imagine No Religion Conference in Vancouver, Canada with Scientist Richard Dawkins, theoretical physicist and cosmologist Lawrence Krauss, and founder of the Global Secular Humanist Movement Faisal Saeed Al Mutar amongst others. More details here.

Saturday 20 June 2015, 1500-1800 Hours
London, UK
Join us for appetisers, drinks, music, speeches and laughs to celebrate the CEMB’s 8th anniversary.
Speakers and acts include: Philosopher A C Grayling, Singer Alya Marquardt, Secular activist Aliyah Saleem, London Black Atheists Clive Aruede and Lola Tinubu, Bread and Roses TV Host Fariborz Pooya, Centre for Secular Space Director Gita Sahgal, Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco Founder Imad Iddine Habib, FEMEN Leader Inna Shevchenko, Comedian Kate Smurthwaite, Author Kenan Malik, Women’s Rights Activist Magdulien Abaida, CEMB Spokesperson Maryam Namazie, Master Magician Neil Edwards, Southall Black Sisters Director Pragna Patel, Nari Diganta Activist Rumana Hashem and National Secular Society President Terry Sanderson.
Tickets: £18 (waged); £10 (unwaged)
To register, please email your name and mobile number to You can purchase your ticket(s) via Paypal or by sending a cheque made payable to ‘CEMB’ to: BM Box 1919, London WC1N 3XX.
Space is limited so buy your tickets today.
No tickets will be sold at the door.

Marseilles and Boston

I haven’t been able to blog at all recently as my son is off from school and it is near impossible to do anything other than swimming (for 6 hours straight), eating ice cream, or watching Wreck it Ralph for the 100th time.

FYI, I’ll be speaking in Marseilles this Saturday and Boston next weekend and should be able to blog regularly soon after:

22-24 August 2013
Marseilles, France
Maryam Namazie will be speaking on Arab revolutions and Feminism panel organised by the Green Party’s Feminism Group. More information can be found here.

30 August – 2 September 2013
Boston, USA
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at Atheist Alliance of America Conference. For more information, click here.

Dublin and Paris

I’ll be away the next two weekends in Dublin and Paris. Maybe I’ll see some of you?


29-30 June 2013
Dublin, Ireland
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at Atheist Ireland’s international conference on Empowering Women Through Secularism. More information here.


Saturday 6 July 2013, 14.00-17.00 hours
Paris, France
Launch of the Council of Ex-Muslims of France.
Join us for the launch of the Council of Ex-Muslims of France. Speakers include Palestinian blogger Waleed Al-Husseini, Tunisian Filmmaker Nadia El-Fani, Secularism is a Women’s Issue Coordinator Marieme Helie Lucas, and Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s Maryam Namazie.
3-5 rue d’Aligre
75012 PARIS
SALLE DU 1ER ETAGE (à coté des locaux de Femmes Solidaires et Clara Magazine).

Away until 22 May 2013

I will be away until 22 May attending the 17-19 May 2013 Women in Secularism 2 Conference in DC. More information available here.

I’ll be speaking on “apostasy from Islam” on Saturday morning and then on “Freedom – not Islamism – is my culture” in the afternoon. I’ll also be meeting with Muslimish activists in the DC area.

Can’t wait.

I will most likely not be blogging until I return.

Evening drinks in London with Gita Sahgal

Tonight, 9 May 2013, the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain has organised evening drinks with Gita Sahgal, Executive Director of Centre for Secular Space. 6:30-8:00pm at The George on the Strand, 213 Strand, London WC2R 1AP. Entry is £3; £1 for unwaged, which can be paid at the door. All are welcome.

Author Rumy Hasan who was to give the talk is ill; his talk will be rescheduled.

Hope to see some of you there!

By the way, the next CEMB event is our 6th anniversary luncheon.

Join us to celebrate the 6th anniversary of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain 15 June 2013 at 12pm for a 12:30pm start at a central London restaurant. The keynote speaker will be writer Kenan Malik. Other speakers and acts include Centre for Secular Space Executive Director Gita Sahgal, comedian Kate Smurthwaite and CEMB spokesperson Maryam Namazie. Nahla Mahmoud will be the MC for the event.

Book your tickets today. Ticket(s) for the event, which includes a three-course meal and glass of wine at a wonderful Italian restaurant, are £35.00 per person or £30.00 for students/unwaged.

To purchase tickets, send a cheque made payable to CEMB to BM Box 1919, London WC1N 3XX or pay via Paypal or Worldpay. Please make sure to include an email address and/or telephone number so that further details can be provided. Additional donations are welcome to help ensure the attendance of CEMB volunteers at the event.

I am away for a week

I just wanted to let everyone know that I am away this week and won’t be blogging.

I’ll be at the below events the following week:

25 February 2013
Ex-Muslim apostate and refugee meet-up group from 11:30am-1:00pm. To RSVP and receive further details, email

February 26, 2013
Birmingham Reason Week
26 February 2013 Birmingham, UK Maryam Namazie will be speaking at Birmingham University Reason Week on 26 February hosted by the Atheist, Secular and Humanist Society on Apostasy and Freedom of Conscience from 1900-2030 hours. Arts Building LR7.

February 28, 2013
London Ex-Muslim Women’s Luncheon
The ex-Muslim women’s group will meet for lunch on 28 February from 1130am-1:30pm in central London. To RSVP, email

I’m back blogging

I’ve been meaning to start blogging regularly again. But it does become difficult to get back into the groove of it all once you’ve been away for a while.

I hope everyone had a good summer. I eventually did – after my personal crisis was sorted out.

Anyway it’s good to be back blogging again.

By the way, this month I have the below speaking engagements if you’re in London or Coventry:

19 September 2012, 7.30pm
Coventry, UK
Maryam Namazie will be speaking to a meeting organised by Coventry Skeptics in the Pub on Sharia law at The Albany, 24 Albany Road, Coventry, CV5 6JU. More information here.

22 September 2012, 9am-5pm
National Secular Society One Day Conference on Secularism
Maryam Namazie will be speaking at the conference along with other speakers including Richard Dawkins and Peter Tatchell. For more information, click here.