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Jul 30 2012

I’d read that

Heina Dadabhoy has kickstarter project to write A Skeptic’s Guide to Islam. It sounds like someone is making a smart decision to write to their strengths:

There are plenty of positive books about Islam by Muslims. There are many positive books on Islam by non-Muslims. There are more negative books on Islam by non-Muslims than you’d think there were. There are several books on Islam by ex-Muslims that are personal stories, written with the intention of debunking/exposing, and/or approached from a very academic perspective. There are a handful of critical books on Islam by progressive Muslims.

I intend to bridge the last two categories with my own point of view: I was an American Muslim born-and-raised believer until I left the religion for philosophical, rather than political, reasons. The book is not intended to particularly attack Islam, per se, but neither is it going to sugar-coat or ignore important issues related to Islam.

She’s real close to her major goal of $5,000; getting a bit more than that would allow her to do some extra stuff with it.

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  1. 1
    birgerjohansson

    This perspective looks interesting.

    “getting a bit more than that would allow her to do some extra stuff with it”

    I hope she gets it, and that we get a hardcopy edition of the book eventually.

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    lightninlives

    I’ll read and share anything that helps put Muhammad in his rightful place (e.g. alongside all other mythical characters).

    Actually, he doesn’t really deserve even that much, since by many accounts he seems like a real slimy character.

  3. 3
    Alverant

    I kicked in enough to get a physical copy of the book. There’s 25 days left in the campaign. It’s going to happen and then some.

  4. 4
    Jadehawk

    already over $5000. now it’s just about the extras.

  5. 5
    heinadada-chipsahoy

    Thanks so much, PZ! I am indeed past my initial goal and am setting up some stretch goals.

  6. 6
    Alverant

    Right now the question is “how many multiples of the initial goal will be pledged?” I look forward to the book! :)

  7. 7
    Flewellyn

    I’m hoping it gets to a point where she can post a video of herself shouting “It’s over NINE THOUSAAAAAAAND!”

  8. 8
    David Marjanović

    It’s around 6400 $ now.

  9. 9
    birgerjohansson

    lightninlives,
    at least some of the stuff Herc did was cool :-)

    And Loki cheating the pants off the giants in Nifelheim was also cool.

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    gravityisjustatheory

    lightninlives
    30 July 2012 at 8:43 am

    I’ll read and share anything that helps put Muhammad in his rightful place (e.g. alongside all other mythical characters).

    What makes you think Mohammad was mythical?

    Every mainstream historian I’ve read treats him as historical. Now, that doesn’t mean they are right – they could just be accepting what people in a more credulous age itterated.

    But I’m going to have to see better evidence than “something someone blogged on the internet” to make me discount mainstream historical consensus.

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