Fathima Imra Nazeer is an Ex-Muslim from Sri Lanka. She grew up in a devoutly Muslim family, spending her Sundays learning about Islam and the Quran in religious school. She has an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and a Ph.D in Biochemistry from the City University of New York. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the State University of New York in Potsdam. She writes about connections she sees between Islam, violence and women's issues, in her spare time. She can be contacted at nazeerfi@potsdam.edu