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”
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)
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)
Palestinian Poet Abu Arab (in Arabic); (starting at 4:30) Tamara Issak interviews poets Layla Halaby, Sam Hazo, and Naomi Shihab Nye at Radius of Arab American Writers Conference (RAWI) in Ann Arbor, MI: attorney Hassen Abdellah discusses the issue of “material support” and its ramifications in the US anti-terror laws (starting at 30:40).
BN Aziz interviews Islamic scholar Abdellah Adhami in Damascus, Syria (pt 3 in a series). Noted Iranian film director Bahman Ghobadi joins us on a visit to New York to review his productions including the latest: “Persian Cats”; Nisren Alamine provides an overview of Sudan and preparations for the forthcoming elections.