Atheism in Five Minutes - Teemu Taira

Atheism in Five Minutes - Teemu Taira

17. What Does Islam Teach About Atheism?

Atheism in Five Minutes - Teemu Taira

Ilkka Lindstedt [+-]
University of Helsinki
Ilkka Lindstedt is University Lecturer in Islamic Theology at the University of Helsinki. He has worked on early Islamic history and classical Arabic literature. Recent publications include “Who Is in, Who Is out? Early Muslim Identity through Epigraphy and Theory,” Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam 46 (2019): 147–246 as well as a chapter on the medieval Islamic world in The Cambridge History of Atheism.


Atheism in Five Minutes offers insights into a number of commonly held questions about the ideas, practices and attitudes concerning atheism and atheists. The volume highlights approaches based on the study of religion, sociology, history, anthropology, politics and psychology. It also examines the implications and assumptions in common questions about atheism. Ideal for both classroom use and personal study, some of the questions asked include: Are atheists immoral? Are children born atheist? Do atheists have rituals? How has atheism related to politics? Why do some atheists remain members of religious groups? Is it difficult to be an atheist in Muslim countries? Do atheist parents have atheist children? Why are there so few black atheists? What are the most atheistic societies? Has the Internet made atheism more popular? Each essay is based on the latest research written by a leading scholar in the field. They offer concise and thoughtful answers along with suggestions for further reading.

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Lindstedt, Ilkka. 17. What Does Islam Teach About Atheism?. Atheism in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Sep 2022. ISBN 9780000000000. Date accessed: 27 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.43303. Sep 2022

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