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)
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.
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)
Oberlin College professor and poet Kazim Ali reads his poems and talks about his work an a poet with BNAziz; In Syria BNAziz interviews Damascus-based radio host Nidaa Hussein about her work in Syrian radio (starting @ 39:32) in Arabic with English translation; Women in Islam president Sarah Sayeed and Farhana Kheria of Muslim Advocates announce the forthcoming Dr. Betty Shabazz award sponsored by WII in NYC.
Syrian activist historian Nadia Khost speaks with BN Aziz about attempts by her and other citizens to protect and restore early architecture in the old quarters of the Syrian capital, Damascus. (Arabic, with English translation and voice-over by T Issak.) [starting at 5:05 in the 52 minute program]; Kamal Imani, New Jersey based Muslim artist, poet/lyricist talks about the origin and aims of his work, with samples of his spoken words.
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.
Chicago attorney Deema Khalidi reports on the campaign and petitions to save destruction by Israel of Old Jerusalem’s Arab cemetery currently underway; “A Damascus street”: Syrian student Bara’a Khadra produced this radio feature in the course of a journalism workshop by BNAziz in Damascus (starting at 24:04). Syria-based Muslim scholar Abdellah Adhami talks about Arab Islamic semantics (part 2 of 3 interviews with BN Aziz). Music by HipHop Palestinian-London based artist Shadia Mansour.
Zuheir Jennan is a trustee of Al-Andalus Medical University in Syria, one of a number of new private universities now established across the country; speaking in Damascus with host BNAziz. (starts at 1:53). At 16:10 Producer Phil Kai speaks with HipHop vocalist, UK-based Palestinian Shadia Mansour on her work and the Palestinian struggle (part 1 of a 2 part interview). In the final segment (at 29:54) Arab music aficionado Dawn Elder and Dr. Mohanad Hamami discuss a forthcoming charity concert in Los Angeles.
NYC Councilman Robert Jackson and Imam Taleb in studio report on the community campaign efforts to have the city recognize the Muslim Holidays in NYC schools (starts at 4:00). Playwright and author Mujahid Ali talks with Tamara Issak about his play “Domestic Crusaders” currently on stage in New York’s East Village (starts at 34:04). Syrian student Razan‘s radio short feature based on her workshop in Damascus with BNAziz (starts at 44:30).
Hassen Abdellah announces the forthcoming Muslim American action in DC. (at 12:04) Reem Nasr speaks with Zeiba Ikhbal of New Jersey’s Muslim Professional Association. We play an excerpt from author Hanan Al-Shaykh‘s “The Locust and The Bird” (starting at 23:05) and at 30:59 BNAziz interviews Syrian professor and journalist Amal Dakak in Damascus. Dakak produces and hosts two children’s programs on Syrian TV.