The Future of Islam in the Age of New Media
An Interview with Amir Ahmed Nasr
Amir Ahmed Nasr was born in Khartoum, Sudan and raised in Qatar. Amir is a fundamentalist Muslim turned hippie Sufi and fan of science. He is a proud Sudanese, cultural nomad and leading Afro-Arab sociopolitical blogger who has been internationally recognized for his lucid insights into Middle Eastern and African culture, Muslim religion and the role of social media in cultural change.
Like many of his fellow veteran Arab digital activists, Amir has been active online as a voice of dissent since 2006, way before the tipping point of the Arab uprisings, and has only come out to reveal his identity recently after five years of anonymous blogging.
In this dialogue, I interview Amir about his own personal journey from a fundamentalist Muslim, to a questioning Atheist, to a flowering Islamic Mystic. We discuss the effect of social media on shaping his own journey and inquire into the potential of social media for transforming Islamic identity and transforming gender roles for men and women in the Arab world.
Amir is the curator of The Future of Islam In the Age of New Media,
He is also the author of the upcoming memoir,My Islam: How Fundamentalism Stole My Mind--And Doubt Freed My Soul
Amir has been featured in The New Yorker, USA Today, The Daily Beast, Wired, and Al Jazeera, among other media outlets.
*This Dialogue was recorded on June 26, 2012