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The Takeaway

China's Ethnic Uighurs Stir Up Tension

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Takeaway considers some of the reasons for the recent violence in China's Xinjiang Province. 

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PRI's The World

Who wants a caliphate, anyway?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The idea of a caliphate has a powerful history for Muslims, who enjoyed their greatest political and military successes under ancient caliphs. But Muslims are divided over whether the caliphate proclaimed by ISIS militants is worthy of that proud mantle.

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PRI's The World

There's one place where Israelis and Hamas speak directly — on TV

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A couple of years ago, Hamas and Israeli TV news stations happened to be simultaneously showing live feeds from the other's show, when the Israel anchor decided to try talking to the Hamas anchor. That led to a conversation that is still happening, occasionally, today.

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PRI's The World

Beer and Chivas fly off the shelves as Baghdad's liquor stores reopen after Ramadan

Monday, August 04, 2014

Ramadan is finally over, and for many Muslims that means big feasts with family and friends. For Baghdad's drinkers, it also means goodbye to the black market for booze and hello again to their local liquor stores

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On Being

Samar Jarrah, Wajahat Ali, Sahar Ullah, Et Al. — Revealing Ramadan [remix]

Thursday, July 17, 2014

16 Muslims, in their own words, speak about the delights and gravity of Islam's holiest month. Through vivid memories and light-hearted musings, they reveal the richness of Ramadan — as a period of intimacy, and of parties; of getting up when the world is

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The Takeaway

How Millennials Are Remaking the Arab World

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Juan Cole, author of "The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East," says the world needs to give the revolutionaries more time, and that the young protesters who led the Arab Spring will eventually remake their home countries. 

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The Takeaway

Love Across the Sunni-Shiite Divide

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

She is Sunni, he is from a Shiite family, and they are happily married. How the inflammatory divide affects one couple's relationship - and how it has no affect at all.

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WNYC News

NYC Iraqis: Some Shrug at Crisis, Others Want to Fight

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Some are desensitized to the escalating conflict; others are calling their imams wondering if they should go to war.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Humaira Awais Shahid Fights for Women’s Rights in Pakistan

Friday, May 23, 2014

Humaira Awais Shahid tells how she became an advocate for the rights of women, girls, and the poor.

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The Takeaway

NYPD Uses Jails to Recruit Muslim Informants

Monday, May 12, 2014

According to documents obtained by our partner The New York Times, a team of NYPD detectives have been going through the city's jails looking for Muslim immigrants in order to turn them into informants.

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The Takeaway

The Campaign to Save a 9/11 Revenge Killer

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Ten days after 9/11, Mark Stroman walked into a gas station and shot a Bangladeshi immigrant named Rais Bhuiyan in the face. Bhuiyan started a campaign to have his attacker spared from the death penalty. New York Times Columnist Anand Giridharadas chronicles Bhuiyan and Stroman's stories in his new book.

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WNYC News

9/11 Museum Film Sparks Concerns Over Reference to Islam, Terrorists

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Groups who were asked to screen the documentary said the film makes no distinction between the Islamic extremists who committed the September 11th attacks and the Islamic faith.

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The Takeaway

Report: FBI Coerces U.S. Muslims to Spy

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The FBI has been coercing Muslims living in the United States to spy on other Muslims by threatening to put or keep them on the federal no-fly list.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Reaching Young Muslims with Music

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hisham Aidi, lecturer at the School of International and Public Affairs and the Institute of African Affairs at Columbia University and the author of Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture talks about the use of music -- jazz, hip hop, reggae Gnawa -- to reach young Muslims from post- WWII to today.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Humaira Awais Shahid, Advocate for Women’s Rights in Pakistan and Beyond

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Humaira Awais Shahid took on a job editing the “women’s section” of one of Pakistan’s leading Urdu newspapers in 2001, and she soon transformed it from celebrity gossip and fashion advice to an investigation of the true lives of Pakistani women. News of acid attacks on women, the trading of girls as currency in tribal disputes, and other abuses Shahid into an advocate for women’s rights. She tells how her commitment to women led her to a seat in the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab, where she fought to protect women, girls, and the poor. In her book Devotion and Defiance: My Journey in Love, Faith and Politics, she looks at how Islamic values and ethics might yet be a vehicle for progressive change in the developing world.

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Soundcheck

'Rebel Music': How Hip-Hop Became Part Of Muslim Culture

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Hip hop has had a profound impact on youth culture worldwide. No less so for youth in predominantly Muslim countries. In a conversation with host John Schaefer, Hisham Aidi of Columbia University explores the myriad ways hip hop culture has engaged with Islam around the globe.

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The Takeaway

Inside the Intersection of Faith and Rhythm in Islam

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

The role of music within Islam has long been a source of deep controversy and debate in the Muslim world. Some Islamic scholars believe music is strictly forbidden, while others have found ways to incorporate music elements in their worship and spirituality. It's the intersection of faith and rhythm that Hisham Aidi charts in his new book, “Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture.” In "Rebel Music," Aidi explores the myriad ways practitioners of Islam around the world have used music to express their faith–and politics–in times of transition.

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The Takeaway

'The Onion' For Muslim-Americans?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Meet the founders of The Hummus, a new humor site with a Muslim-American lens and headlines like, “Muslim Daughter Feared Missing  After Father Calls 38 Times Within 5 Minutes” and “Conversion Of Ryan Gosling To Islam Halts Arranged Marriages Nationwide.”

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Reza Aslan; Humans of New York; Astronaut Chris Hadfield

Friday, December 27, 2013

Reza Aslan, author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, talks about his interfaith scholarship and the ties between monotheism and polytheism. Then, a look at how the US Constitution feeds the partisan gridlock in Washington. Plus: Brandon Stanton of Humans of New York explains the hugely popular project to create a photographic census of New York City’s residents; and the astronaut Chris Hadfield talks about his experience in space and what it taught him about life on earth.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Malcolm Gladwell; Jewish Practice in 2013; Interracial Friendships

Friday, November 29, 2013

We’re replaying some of your favorite segments on this Black Friday. We’ll start with a recent conversation about the nature of Jewish identity and practice with Jane Eisner of The Forward. Plus: Amir Ahmad Nasr talks about how the Internet opened his mind about his own faith; Malcolm Gladwell of The New Yorker discusses his new book, David and Goliath, and the way uneven challenges shape our society; and Baratunde Thurston and Tanner Colby talk about the state of interracial friendships in 2013, including their own.