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 Essak 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.

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.

Poet and author Samuel Hazo, on ‘identity in writing’

Samuel Hazo is author of 30 books of poetry, essays and novels, formerly Distinguished Professor of English Literature at Duquesne University, Pennsylvania. An American of Arab heritage, in this segment Hazo speaks with BN Aziz on the issue of “ethnic identity” in writing.