Arabs Without God: Atheism and Freedom of Belief in the Middle East

By Brian Whitaker

In a region where the influence of religion is almost inescapable, growing numbers of Arabs are claiming a right to believe – or disbelieve – as they see fit. 

This ground-breaking book looks at the factors that lead them to abandon religion and the challenges non-believers pose for governments and societies that claim to be organised according to the will of God. 

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Arabic edition now available

Italian edition also available.


What's Really Wrong with the Middle East  
Brian Whitaker, 2009


Unspeakable Love: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Middle East
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The Birth of Modern Yemen

An e-book by Brian Whitaker exploring Yemen's political development since unification of north and south in 1990.

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Transgender rights in the Middle East

In a region where gender segregation is widespread and dress codes are sometimes enforced by law, the problems of transgender people are especially acute. 

When so much of the social structure is based around a clear-cut distinction between male and female, anything that obscures the distinction is viewed as a problem and sometimes even as a threat to the established order.

It's time to start a debate about this. Read al-bab's special report online or download the PDF

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