Atheists in Egypt say they struggle to have their views heard
11 February 2014 Last updated at 15:42 GMT
A leading Egyptian cleric says Islamic extremism is motivating some people in the country to reject religion entirely.
Atheism is widely considered a taboo topic in Egypt and non-believers say that they often feel the need to keep their discussions private.
In the coastal city of Alexandria, the BBC spoke to a group of atheists about the difficulties they face living in a conservative society.
Hadya Alalawi reports.
Video produced by BBC Arabic's Ali Gamal.