Women Leaving Islam -with Maryam Namazie
Monday 1st March 2021 @ 7:30pm
(Zoom details to follow)
We will show part of this powerful new film in which six ex-Muslim women activists share their moving stories of growing up in Muslim families and Muslim-majority countries and the violence, loss and shunning they faced because of their apostasy. This will be followed by a Q&A session with Maryam Namazie.
In the film women talk about everything from tearing their hijab on door handles as a child, wearing a burkini on a beach in Italy, wanting to scream their atheism in Mecca during Hajj, losing custody of a child after a husband’s accusations of blasphemy, reporting a violent fundamentalist father, forging a male guardian’s signature in order to flee their country and being shunned for defending gay rights.
The brave women: Fauzia Ilyas, Fay Rahman, Halima Salat, Mimzy Vidz, Rana Ahmad and Zara Kay reside/have resided in Australia, Britain, Germany and the Netherlands. They are from backgrounds as diverse as Bangladeshi, British, Egyptian/Moroccan, Saudi, Somali/Kenyan, Pakistani and Tanzanian.
We will be joined by Maryam Namazie, Executive Producer of the film and an Iranian-born writer and activist. She is the spokesperson of One Law for All and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. Until recently, she hosted a weekly television programme, broadcast in Iran in Persian and English’ called Bread and Roses.
In addition to producing the film she published The Woman’s Quran; organised the first ever Apostasy Day and Atheist Day with an international coalition of ex-Muslim groups. She organised the largest gatherings of ex-Muslims in history, including at De Balie’s Celebrating Dissent; led a topless protest at Pride London in 2017 in defence of LGBT rights with placards saying “Allah is Gay” and “LGBT rights are universal”.
She also took part in a nude protest in defence of women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa; 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. In 2006, Maryam signed signed a statement of 12 writers against Islamic totalitarianism along with Salman Rushdie, Taslima Nasrin and others.
Happy Readers Book Club
The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
Monday 29th March 2021 @ 7:00pm
(Zoom details to follow)
If you would like to join the book club, please email George Glansdorop at this email address:
In March we will be discussing The Righteous Mind (2012) by Jonathan Haidt, which The New York Times Book Review called a “landmark contribution to humanity’s understanding of itself”.
Here is the publisher’s synopsis:
Drawing on his twenty-five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt shows how moral judgments arise not from reason but from gut feelings.
He shows why liberals, conservatives, and libertarians have such different intuitions about right and wrong, and he shows why each side is actually right about many of its central concerns.
In this subtle yet accessible book, Haidt gives you the key to understanding the miracle of human cooperation, as well as the curse of our eternal divisions and conflicts.
If you’re ready to trade in anger for understanding, read The Righteous Mind.
Jonathan Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business.
He obtained his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992, and then taught at the University of Virginia for 16 years.
He is the author of The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, and the co-editor of Flourishing: Positive Psychology and the Life Well-Lived. He lives in New York City.