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Episode 8: An Agnostic Muslim Thought Cloud

On this episode, we got to speak to Kashgar, who shared her family history, her experience with Islam, and the importance of asking questions.  We also spoke about the diversity within the Islamic world (i.e. Muslim does not equal Arab!), stopped for breaks to pet the cats, and got some excellent book recommendations (book list below).  It was wonderful to have Kashgar as a guest and we’re so grateful to her for doing this!

Kashgar also wrote a short article on her personal relationship to Islam and she asked us to share it because she felt that it was easier to articulate through writing. “Sometimes I still wonder if I had made the right decision or if Islam is something that resonates with me but the answer has stayed the same every time I have thought about it: My spiritual relationship with Allah is meaningful in a way that is difficult to articulate and Islam has come to mean more than simply a connection to family heritage. Even if I had left Islam, I think that this spiritual aspect of my life would have remained. At the end of the day, I believe we’re all on different paths that lead to the same destination whether that is truly some kind of afterlife or nothing at all. But in the meanwhile, I choose to have faith in Allah despite the inner tug of war between logic and emotion. I obviously don’t have the answers and this personal story is full of self-contradictions but I have learned to find comfort in the grey zones, the ambiguities and the nuances as an agnostic Muslim for progressive/secular values.”  (She used a pseudonym for the article.)

Click Here for Kashgar’s Article

Kashgar’s book list!

On Progressive Islam
Edited by Omid Safi
https://www.amazon.com/Progressive-Muslims-Justice-Gender-Pluralism/dp/185168316X/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1524187624&sr=8-3&keywords=Omid+Safi
A Sinner in Mecca: A Gay Muslim’s Hajj of Defiance
Parvez Sharma
https://www.amazon.com/Sinner-Mecca-Muslims-Hajj-Defiance/dp/1944648372/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1524187717&sr=1-1&keywords=A+sinner+in+Mecca
Homosexuality in Islam
Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kuggle
https://www.amazon.com/Homosexuality-Islam-Critical-Reflection-Transgender/dp/1851687017/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1524187667&sr=1-1&keywords=Homosexuality+in+Islam
Qur’an and Women
Amina Wadud
https://www.amazon.com/Quran-Woman-Rereading-Sacred-Perspective/dp/0195128362/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1524187765&sr=1-1&keywords=Amina+Wadud
Queer Muslim Marriage: Struggle of a Gay Couple’s True Life Story Towards Inclusivity and Tawhid within Islam
Ludovic-Mohamad Zahed
https://www.amazon.com/Queer-Muslim-marriage-Struggle-Inclusivity/dp/1483990206/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1524187820&sr=1-1&keywords=Queer+Muslims
Progressive Muslim Identities
Edited by And Zonneveld, Vanessa Karam, Olivia Samad
https://www.amazon.com/Progressive-Muslim-Identities-Vanessa-Karam/dp/0983716102/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1524188124&sr=1-8&keywords=Progressive+Islam

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