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Are all Muslims humanists?

Is it safe to say that all Muslims are humanists?

I don’t think so. Many Muslims are what I call “tribalists” who think only people from their own sect/religion/race are true humans. This is the opposite of what I understand by modern (non-secular) humanism.

I would love to meet fellow Muslim humanists but as far as I know even among intellectuals there is not much knowledge about what humanism is and what it entails.

And God knows best.

6 thoughts on “Are all Muslims humanists?

    1. Ikram Hawramani Post author

      You are very welcome. Please check out the book Imperfect Garden: The Legacy of Humanism by Tzvetan Todorov. It is a beautiful expression of the best that humanism represents.

  1. Anonymous

    Pardon me, but one more thing if you don’t mind me to ask. Can a Muslim be a humanist while staying true to his faith?


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