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.)
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”
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 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.
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)
In a wide-ranging interview Samuel Hazo speaks about his work at Duquesne University, about “Arab-American” as a literary identity, about his novel The Time Remaining (2013), about good and bad poetry, and he reads poems from his book The Song of the Horse. This is the final part of his interview with BN Aziz. For earlier talks, see our March 26, 2014 and April 2, 2013 podcasts.
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 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
“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.
Egyptian filmmaker Yusri Nasrallah interviewed by BN Aziz on the New York release of his film “Mercedes”. (From our 1996 RadioTahrir archive, originally broadcast over WBAI, 99.5 fm, NY)