Brian Whitaker

is an editor at The Guardian and author of Arabs Without God: Atheism and Freedom of Belief in the Middle East (CreateSpace, 2014) and What’s Really Wrong with the Middle East (Saqi Books, 2009). He blogs at


Mosque in Iraq

Against the grain

Religion, politics and Arab atheists

In the Middle East, the God question is far more than a matter for intellectual debate; apostasy is punishable by death in six Arab countries. And yet, writes Brian Whitaker, there is a perception that Arab atheists are becoming more numerous; and more visible too, thanks largely to social media.

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