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Aliyah Saleem

Wednesday, December 9 2015 at 7:30PM

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43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Aliyah Saleem

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VENUE CHANGE: We've managed to pick up on a cancellation at the Tyneside Irish Centre. We're now in the Gallowgate Room. Take the lift up to the 2nd floor.

"The talk that I hope to give will focus on apostasy from Islam, and the consequences it can have for ex-Muslims here in Britain, and around the world. I will discuss my own journey out of Islam as well as my experiences of being an ‘out of the closet’ apostate. I will try to give an insight into the kind of reactions that an ex-Muslim can face for speaking out, and for choosing to leave Islam. Furthermore I will speak about the work that Faith to Faithless is doing and why we thought it was necessary to hold events across universities to raise awareness for the growing and largely hidden ex-Muslim community in Britain."

"I aim to discuss how there is a gendered experience for women who choose to leave Islam, as well as the heightened experience that some ex-Muslims can face if they are also members of the LGBT community. We have found that public institutions and counselling professionals do not know much about apostasy, and this can cause an issue as many ex-Muslims can suffer from mental health issues caused by the breakdown of family relationships. Overall the talk will be about the taboo of apostasy, and how people are starting to break the structures that hold it in place." 

Aliyah Saleem is an Ex-Muslim woman of Pakistani heritage who was born in London. She is a cofounder of Faith to Faithless, and a grass roots activist working on ex-Muslim issues.  

Aliyah has spoken publicly about the Islamic school that she attended in Britain and the manner in which she was expelled for possessing a camera. She has written for the Times, and was part of documentary about ex-Muslims for the BBC.She left Islam at the age of 19 after researching into evolution and feminist arguments about the role of religion in society. She spent 5 years in a British Islamic boarding school, and a year studying interpretation of the Quran in Pakistan.

This is a free event, although donations to help fund Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub events are appreciated. We suggest £3, or whatever you can afford. Seats are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.