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S2 E9: Maryam Namazie- Apostasy, Blasphemy, Dissent, Islam, and Dancing

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Founded in 2018, the Pondering Primates podcast is a series of conversations about issues in philosophy, politics, religion, reason, and much else besides. It is brought to you by students of the University of Edinburgh Atheist, Humanist, and Secularist Society.

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Founded in 2018, the Pondering Primates podcast is a series of conversations about issues in philosophy, politics, religion, reason, and much else besides. It is brought to you by students of the University of Edinburgh Atheist, Humanist, and Secularist Society.

The podcast's very own Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ponderingprimates/. Read the page details for information on the team and more!

Our Society Facebook page (our group can be accessed from here): www.facebook.com/EdUniAtheistsHumanistsSecularists/

Our Twitter: twitter.com/UoEAthHumSecSoc
www.facebook.com/ponderingprimates/

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