Arab novelist Ghaleb Halasa 1989 in Damascus, Syria (Part 1)

Noted Arab novelist and critic Ghaleb Halasa comments on modern Arabic literature in Part 1 of a 1989 interview with BN Aziz, in Damascus, Syria. (5:47)

1990 Commentary on Syria by historian and author Habeeb Salloum

From his home in Canada in 1990 historian and author Habeeb Salloum, speaking with BNAziz, reviews developments he has witnessed within Syrian over 3 decades during his regular visits there since 1961. Salloum is the author of numerous books including one on the Arabic origins of Spanish words, and another on the Arabic origins of English words. At the age of 90 (in 2016) he continues to undertake research in early Arabic cuisine and to publish with his daughters Laila and Muna Salloum. (13:57). Watch for new postings of our interviews with Salloum.


Radio Tahrir 2009 Syrian Professor and TV producer Amal Dakak

Professor of Sociology at Damascus University, Amal Dakak discusses Syrian expats and her television productions on Syrian TV, speaking with BN Aziz in Damascus. (8:38)


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

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)