Hiba Krisht

Hiba Krisht

Editor, Bidah Magazine

Hiba Krisht is a writer, editor, and translator from Beirut. Her literary work appears in The Kenyon Review, Blackbird, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Mizna, among other journals. She is a recipient of the 2016 Rebecca Mitchell Tarumoto Short Fiction Prize from Virginia Commonwealth University, the 2013 JoAnn Athanas Memorial Award in literature from the National Society of Arts and Letters, and the 2012 Jane Foulkes Malone Fellowship from Indiana University. She has been interviewed about her life and work for VICE, the Humanist Hour, and BBC radio, among others.

Hiba serves as Editor in Chief for Bidah Magazine, a fledgling publication breaking new ground in skeptical inquiry under the auspices of the Ex-Muslims of North America. She has also served as Founding Fiction Editor for Rusted Radishes: Beirut Literary and Art Journal and Associate Fiction Editor for the Indiana Review. She currently translates and edits for Mideast Mirror, a newspaper in translation.

Hiba holds an M.A. in Philosophy and wrote her thesis on political secularism and practical reason. She has also taught ethics, logic, writing, and political science across several universities. As a volunteer activist with the Ex-Muslims of North America for the last couple of years, she has spoken about Islam, the Middle East, and women’s rights at secular humanist conferences all over the country. Her retired blog, Between A Veil and A Dark Place, was hosted on the Freethought Blogs network, and its archives and continuation are now found in ‘The Ex-Muslim’ at www.theexmuslim.com.


University of Colorado Boulder – Modesty, Islam and Feminism


Can “religious rights” ever supersede human rights? Is the concept of “Islamic feminism” a contradiction, or can it be the intellectual genesis for a modern faith? The panel of ex-Muslim women will discuss their experiences with religious dogma – from modesty culture to equal rights before the law, and how the modern Western feminist movement […]