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Mecca and the Modern Day Hajj

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Every year between two and three million Muslims converge on the city of Mecca for the hajj. The annual religious pilgrimage is one of the pillars of Islam. The hajj begins this week and author Basharat Peer reflects on his experience of going on the hajj last year.

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WQXR Blog

Turkish Pianist Fazil Say on Trial for Insulting Islam

Friday, October 19, 2012

A top Turkish pianist and composer appeared in court on Thursday to defend himself against charges of offending Muslims and insulting Islam in comments he made on Twitter.

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The Takeaway

French Magazine Publishes Satirical Cartoon of Prophet Mohammad

Thursday, September 20, 2012

France is closing its schools, consulates, cultural centers and embassies in 20 countries tomorrow amid fears of a new wave of violence in the Middle East over satirical depictions of the Muslim Prophet Mohammad. Benjamin Abtan, president for the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement, describes how the issue is unfolding in Paris.

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The Takeaway

How Riots Abroad Affect Muslims at Home

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

As protests in the Muslim world continue, many Americans are becoming disillusioned with our involvement in the region. But what does that mean for Muslim Americans, here at home? Answering that question is Hussein Rashid, professor of religion at Hofstra University. 

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The Takeaway

White House Says Attack in Libya May Have Been Planned

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The United States has vowed to track down those behind the attacks in Benghazi that killed American Ambassador Chris Stevens and left three other diplomatic personnel dead. Speaking from the Rose Garden on Wednesday, President Obama told the American people that these acts of violence will not pass without an appropriate response.

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On Being

Fr. Alberto Ambrosio and Metropolitan Elpidophoros Lambriniadis — Spiritual Boundaries in Modern Turkey

Thursday, August 02, 2012

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On Being

[Unedited] Metropolitan Elpidophoros Lambriniadis with Trent Gilliss

Thursday, August 02, 2012

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On Being

[Unedited] Fr. Alberto Ambrosio with Krista Tippett

Thursday, August 02, 2012

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On Being

Mustafa Akyol — Religion, Democracy, and the New Turkey

Thursday, July 12, 2012

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[Unedited] Mustafa Akyol with Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 12, 2012

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The Takeaway

Pakistan Ignores Legacy of Physicist Linked to Higgs Boson Research

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The world of physics has been agog in recent weeks over something called the Higgs Boson particle. One of the scientists who laid the groundwork for these recent breakthroughs was physicist Abdus Salam, Pakistan’s only Nobel laureate — yet Salam's legacy is largely ignored in Pakistan.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: Sectarian Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa

Thursday, June 07, 2012

There has been an uptick in religious violence in Sub-Saharan Africa recently, including the rise of Islamist groups in Mali, Somalia and Nigeria. Eliza Griswold, a Guggenheim Fellow and author of the book The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam, examines what’s happening and why.

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WQXR Blog

Turkish Pianist Fazil Say Charged with Insulting Islam

Friday, June 01, 2012

A Turkish court has formally charged an internationally known Turkish pianist and composer with insulting Islamic religious values in comments he made on Twitter.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Beyond Ground Zero

Friday, May 11, 2012

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Journey Through Shari'a Law

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Some 1400 years after the Prophet Muhammad first articulated God’s law—the shari‘a—its earthly interpreters are still arguing about what it means. Legal historian and human rights lawyer Sadakat Kadri clarifies what Islamic law is and is not. In Heaven on Earth: A Journey Through Shari'a Law from the Deserts of Ancient Arabia to the Streets of the Modern Muslim World, he describes his search for the facts behind the myths.

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The Takeaway

Sharia Law: What It Is, What It Isn't

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

In the news, Sharia law is frequently depicted as a system that condones women being stoned. In the movies, it’s the reason why petty thieves find their hands on the chopping block. But what, exactly, is Sharia law all about? Sadakat Kadri, author of "Heaven on Earth," a history of Sharia law and its many interpretations, explains.

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On Being

Fatemeh Keshavarz — The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi [remix]

Thursday, March 08, 2012

The 13th-century Muslim mystic and poet Rumi has long shaped Muslims around the world and has now become popular in the West. Rumi created a new language of love within the Islamic mystical tradition of Sufism. We hear his poetry as we delve into his worl

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[Unedited] Fatemeh Keshavarz with Krista Tippett

Thursday, March 08, 2012

The 13th-century Muslim mystic and poet Rumi has long shaped Muslims around the world and has now become popular in the West. Rumi created a new language of love within the Islamic mystical tradition of Sufism. We hear his poetry as we delve into his worl

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The Takeaway

In Afghanistan, Rioting Over Koran-Burning Continues

Monday, February 27, 2012

Despite an apology from President Obama, protests and violence following the destruction of several Korans and other religious artifacts by U.S. troops have continued in Afghanistan and Pakistan. 30 people have been killed thus far, including four U.S. troops. As one of the most offensive possible acts, the unrest over this burning shows no signs of stopping.

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The Takeaway

Protests in Afghanistan After Reports of Koran Burning

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

In Afghanistan this morning more than 1,000 protesters are gathering to protest the burning of Korans and Islamic holy books at the Bagram military base. This has triggered a second day of anti-American demonstrations. Crowds clashed with security forces furious about the way Islamic holy books at the base were destroyed.

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