I was born and raised a Shiite Muslim. At the age of 17 years, I began taking religion seriously and was on the quest for the “meaning of life” and “truth”. I read the Koran almost inside out (5 different translations from the various muslim sects plus their commentaries). I even learnt some Arabic and was reading the book from its original
At age 19, I left mainstream Shiite Islam and became a so called “reformist muslim” who forsook all the Islamic traditions but still considered the Koran to be divine in origin, and tried to interpret the Koran from a modern perspective. That led to various on the road to
Agnosticism. That was when I was 21. At the same time, I started reading the Bible and the Hindu scripture the Bhagvad Gita. I then came across a book that changed my life. It was the late Carl Sagan's Cosmos (a book version of the famous television documentary series). I was an Atheist.
I then read Richard Dawkins' Climbing Mount Improbable and that nailed God in to the coffin as far as I was concerned. To date, I have read most of Dr. Dawkins' books. It has truly been a pleasure and an honor.