Muslim Reformers Shireen Qudosi


“…I wasn’t quite sure what witches did, but that’s what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was about four when I decided upon it. It was probably a pretty spot-on thing to be. Witches are outsiders – classic outliers – and I in no way felt connected to my community. Little did […]

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Savage. Islam’s Origin Story.

In a few weeks, I’m launching an exclusive pre-release of my first book. Supporters get access to the preface, introduction, and two chapters of my first book. If you’d like to get access, please pledge your support and share your email: I’m also in need of a literary agent & publisher for a long-term […]

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The Silent Investor in Muhammad’s Startup Religion

A real feminist take on Islam means looking at the role Prophet Muhammad’s first wife, Khadija, played in enabling his rise to prophethood. The story comes on the back of a new rise in Muslim women officiating weddings. You wouldn’t have even had Islam if it wasn’t a woman investor who said something like, “Hey […]

Why I’m Done Talking About the Hijab

Late last year I decided I wouldn’t be talking about the hijab again. Yet, we’re just a week into the New Year, and I’m talking about this dog-eared subject once more. Why? Because of World Hijab Day Because what movements like World Hijab Day do to Muslim women like myself and my sisters in this fight. Muslim women are […]

What Do Muslim Reformers Actually Do?

[Listen at 12:28] On Wednesday, December 19th, I joined Middle East Forum’s Executive Director, Gregg Roman, to discuss: What does Muslim reformers actually do? Why is Silicon Valley dangerous? How did the campaign against Jew-hatred get started? What’s wrong with Imam Tawhidi? What’s in store for 2019

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Interview: Islamic Reform

[Republished interview by Scott Douglas Jacobsen Shireen Qudosi was named one of the top 10 Muslim reformers in North America in 2011. She works to further the progressive movement within Islam. Qudosi earned a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Political Science from University of California, Irvine. She attended California Western School of Law, […]

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Silicon Valley Series: Ethics and Influence

Covering Silicon Valley censorship, the problem with social media community standards, and partnership with authoritarian societies. Who Has the Widest Censorship Reach in Human History? When tech companies take measures to crush the very dialogue they once needed to grow — reaching a point where they have amassed the widest censorship reach in human history — […]

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The Cavity of Silence

Shamans, spiritual guides between worlds, believe that the underworld(1) is a source of subconscious primordial creation. An experience with these healers often includes the rapid cry of a rattle, which helps the shaman retreat into the underworld to receive insight that is beyond the reach of the rational mind. For the individual influenced by linear […]

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The Trump Administration Must Not Initiate Islamic Reformation as Ideological Isolationists

Published with The Federalist On June 18th, 2018, The Intercept published an article written by Mehdi Hasan and Ryan Grim claiming a leaked State Department memo advised the Trump administration to push for Islamic reformation. The memo is said to speak specifically to Iran and ISIS by injecting “ideological competition.” Critics of the article and […]

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CAIR’s Muslim-on-Muslim Oppression

“Even when CAIR is not successful in silencing critical Muslim voices, there are thousands of other Muslims who step back deeper into silence, afraid of being publicly harassed by CAIR.”   Published with The Forward  In our quest for tolerance, religious spaces often take the lead in showcasing voices of change. But sometimes, those who […]

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In June 2019 veteran interfaith activist Shireen Qudosi and media startup Lunacy Now are hosting a radically honest conversation about inter-communal division in the age of Trump. Topics range from:  Group dynamics and the psychology of alienation, fear, and rage Communal coercion and freedom of conscience The surveillance state Colonialism, racism, fascism, and Western foreign […]

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Five Holistic Ways to Celebrate Ramadan

*View on desktop New generations of Muslim American families struggle to keep Muslim holidays relevant or exciting — especially when competing with a glitzy Christmas or a fast-moving culture that only slows down between Thanksgiving and New Year. The struggle for Muslims is most starkly felt during fasting month of Ramzan (also referred to as Ramadan), […]

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Missing From ‘Islamophobia’ Accusations Is Recognizing That Muslims Do It, Too

Those claiming “Islamophobia” must be willing to have a conversation on how monolithic representations of Islam and Muslims alienate a vibrant Muslim subculture. Published in The Federalist On April 18, well-known Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast to announce that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) had quietly removed its list […]

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CNN FAILED: American Muslims Respond to CNN’s “25 Influential American Muslims” List

Editor’s Note: With rare public support and a united front, we countered CNN’s one-size-fits-all version of Islam. We are proud to see our statement resonate with the American Muslim community. The areas where it has created controversy is a very good steppingstone and moving ahead in unifying Islam as a religion accommodating of everyone and not a […]

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What is Muslim Reform?

Muslim reform, or Islamic reform, is personal to many reformers. While most modern reformers advocate for progressive values in keeping with Universal Human Rights, many of us prioritize reform uniquely. For me, Muslim Reform is where philosophy and scholarship blend with love for an Intelligence greater than holy men and holy books.

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