Contemporary Muslim scholar Farid Esack, Professor of Islamic Studies at University of Johannesburg

South African Muslim scholar and author Farid Esack suggests guides for approaching The Qur’an and discusses aspects of interpreting and reading the Muslim holy book with Barbara Nimri Aziz. (Part four from our wide-ranging discussion during Esack’s recent visit to New York.)

“Love Drunk”, a new collection on Rumi by Shahram Shiva

The popular ancient mystic poet Rumi has many devotees and interpreters. Shahram Shiva, based in New York is one the the foremost among today’s translators of Rumi’s work. Shiva has published 4 books of translations of Rumi work, and produced an audio collection with music. In this interview Shiva talks about Rumi and the composition of the new collection “Love Drunk”

 

London-based author Aamer Hussein in conversation

Aamer Hussein, visiting New York, reads from his short-story collection “This Other Salt” and talks with Barbara Nimri Aziz about authors of Arab and South Asian heritage in England and USA. (from our RadioTahrir archive.) AamerHussenLondonAuthor1999

Mazen Al-Najjar, Palestinian intellectual deported in 2002

Mazen Al-Najjar was the first of many Palestinians unjustly subject to the illegal use of secret evidence by the US government. He was essentially harassed for his advancement of research and dialogue on Islam and his Palestinian identity. Al-Najjar was released after 3 1/2 years in prison without charge, then re-imprisoned after Sept. 11, 2001, and deported a year later. RadioTahrir interviewed Al-Najjar from prison in the Bradenton, Florida Detention Center in September 2000. This is an excerpt from his talk with producer B. Nimri Aziz.

Contemporary Muslim scholar Farid Esack offers his perspective on the Qur’an

Can the Qur’an be a guide for Muslims and non-Muslims in the modern world? Professor of Islamic Studies at University of Johannesburg and author of “The Qur’an: A User’s Guide”, “The Qur’an: A Short Introduction”, and “The Qur’an: Liberation and Pluralism”, Farid Esack, sometimes described as a Muslim liberation theologian, offers an unconventional perspective.  (also listen to our January 26, 2015 post)

Commentary on contemporary Islam, by Farid Esack

Professor of Islamic Studies at University of Johannesburg, South Africa, and author of many books on Muslim issues, Farid Esack addresses a number of issues. In this segment of our wide-ranging interview, he speaks about what labels of ‘progressive’ and ‘moderate’ can or cannot mean for Muslims. Produced by Barbara Nimri Aziz, New York. (See our Feb. 3, 2015 post)

Iraqi journalist Nermin Al-Mufti on Kirkuk city, Iraq

Iraqi journalist Nermin Al-Mufti introduces us to the history of Kirkuk,  a Turkmen majority city in North Iraq. Interviewed by BN Aziz in 2008 in Iraq. For an update on Kirkuk in 2014,  see

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/09/04/who-what-and-where-are-iraqs-turkmen/

Author reading from “Swimming UpThe Tigris”

“Just a simple day in the countryside… We were three Arab women on an uncommon sanctions busting outing. Determined to forget the war and the embargo for a day in a dusty city we departed for the flat, open countryside of Iraq beyond Baghdad.”

An excerpt from Swimming Up the Tigris: Real Life Encounters with Iraq,  2007, University Press of Florida), read by BN Aziz, the author.