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[Unedited] Nidal Al-Azraq with Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Did you know that the sacred city of Bethlehem lies within the West Bank? And, inside its borders, you'll find something unexpected — a close-knit neighborhood where generations of people have created a new life for themselves. Amahl Bishara and Nidal Al-

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Faith & Freedom

Monday, June 20, 2011

Irshad Manji, author of the book Allah, Liberty and Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom, talks about her ongoing efforts to "modernize" Islam from within.

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The Takeaway

Following King Hearing: History of Islam in American Prisons

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) held a second hearing Wednesday on the radicalization of Muslims in America — this time focusing on those incarcerated in U.S. prisons. Witnesses included law enforcement and counter-terrorism officials, like Michael Downing, Commanding officer of Counter-Terrorism at the Los Angeles Police Department. "Instead of providing a balanced, peaceful, contemporary perspective of one of the great and peaceful religions of the world, we are left with a hijacked, cut and paste version known to the counter-terrorism practitioners as 'prislam,'" Downing said at the hearing.

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The Takeaway

Maryam Jameela: An Unlikely Jihadist

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

When we think of Jihadists, we tend to think of people like Faisal Shahzad, who attempted to bomb Times Square last spring. But it so happens that one of the most famous Jihadist thinkers is a 76-year-old white woman from Westchester, New York named Maryam Jameela. Born to a non-observant Jewish family, she converted to Islam in her twenties, emigrated to Pakistan, and became a prominent female voice for conservative Islam, writing over thirty books on the subject. 

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The Takeaway

What is Osama Bin Laden's Legacy?

Monday, May 09, 2011

The recent killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden ended the reign of the most wanted criminal on the planet. However, it hasn't put an end his importance as an historical figure. Due to his long list of crimes and efforts to spread a radical ideology and message of global jihad, bin Laden seems destined to become one of history's most notorious criminals. But how will history books write the bin Laden chapters?

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The Takeaway

Muslim Religious Leader on Bin Laden's Death

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

In the wake of the September 11th attacks, America's relationship to Muslims at home and abroad changed. A new climate of fear and suspicion was born, though in some cases so were attempts at greater understanding between members of different faiths. For a look at how the death of Osama Bin Laden might affect the relationship between Muslims and members of other faiths in the US, we turn to Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, founder of the Cordoba Initiative, a multi-faith organization which works to build trust among people of different faiths and cultures.

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On Being

Mohammad Darawshe — Children of Both Identities [remix]

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mohammad Darawshe is Arab with an Israeli passport — a Muslim Palestinian citizen of the Jewish state. Like 20 percent of Israel's population, he is, as he puts it, a child of both identities. He brings an unexpected way of seeing inside the Middle Easter

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On Being

[Unedited] Mohammad Darawshe with Krista Tippett

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mohammad Darawshe is Arab with an Israeli passport — a Muslim Palestinian citizen of the Jewish state. Like 20 percent of Israel's population, he is, as he puts it, a child of both identities. He brings an unexpected way of seeing inside the Middle Easter

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The Takeaway

Pastor Terry Jones to Face Trial

Friday, April 22, 2011

Following a hearing yesterday in which a judge told Pastor Terry Jones he would need to pay a bond in order to rally or face a trial. The Wayne County prosecutor is asking for the state court to order Jones to pay a peace bond to guarantee the event won't be violent. Quinn Klinefelter, senior news editor at WDET reports that the pastor will face a jury today as he refused to pay the bond. However, the ACLU of Michigan has spoken against the authorities for trying to deny the pastor the right to protest.

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The Takeaway

A Closer Look at France's Burqa Ban

Thursday, April 07, 2011

In just a few days, a new law goes into effect in France, banning any veils that cover the face. Effectively a "burqa ban," the law was passed last fall by the French senate with a vote of 246 to 1. But it’s not just the French senate that’s in favor of the ban. The Pew Global Attitudes Project found in a survey last year that only one in four French people are opposed to the ban.

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The Takeaway

How Arabic Science Gave Us the Renaissance

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Between the powerful days of the Roman Empire and the intellectually vibrant era of the Renaissance, there was a time that we often refer to as Early Middle Ages, or more pejoratively, as the Dark Ages. During these centuries, literature, written history, and cultural achievements were on the decline in the western world. But just a bit further east, in the Arab world, a golden age of enlightenment was taking hold.

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The Takeaway

Religious Extremism: The Same on All Sides?

Monday, April 04, 2011

The Quran burning by Florida Pastor Terry Jones' church group has incited deadly protests in Afghanistan. These events show the perils of religious extremism. Daisy Khan, from the American Society of Muslim Advancement and Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe of the World Evangelical Alliance both condemn the burning of the Quran and the subsequent violence.

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WNYC News

NY Rep. King’s First Hearing on Radical Islam Stokes Fiery Emotions

Thursday, March 10, 2011

In an emotive, hours-long congressional hearing on Thursday, New York Rep. Peter King presided over tearful testimony and bitter back-and-forths from members of Congress, experts and family members as they testified about Muslim radicalization in the U.S. before the Homeland Security Committee. 

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The Takeaway

Peter King's History With Muslims

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Congressional hearings on Islamic Extremism in America begin Thursday morning in front of the House Committee on Homeland Security. Congressman Peter King (R-NY), chair of the committee, called the hearings in order to start a debate over whether American Muslims are doing enough to prevent home-grown terrorism plots. Rep. King has a long history interacting with Muslims who live in his Long Island district and some say his relationship with the Muslim community changed drastically after 9/11. Many complain that singling out one religious group and tying it to extremism is discriminatory.

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It's A Free Country ®

Live-Blog. Video, and Link Roll on the Peter King Muslim Radicalization Hearings

Thursday, March 10, 2011

New York Representative Peter King (R-3rd), chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, is holding controversial hearings today on "The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response." WNYC's Arun Venugopal is in Washington DC for the hearings, and live-blogged the event and answered reader questions.

»» WNYC Hearing Coverage: Arun Venugopal Sets the Stage | Guide to Witness ListImam Feisal Abdul Rauf on The Takeaway | Protest Slideshow | Muslim Playwright Changes the Script

»» WNYC's Live Event on Homegrown Terror: Video and Audio of Brian Lehrer, Daisy Kahn, Ray Kelly, Arun Venugopal

»» Peter King: Official Page | NY Mag Profile | NY Times Archive

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The Takeaway

Peter King's Radical Change

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Tomorrow, Rep. Peter King will drop the gavel on the House Homeland Security Committee's hearing on "Islamic radicalization." The hearing starts while we're on the air and we'll take a close look at what's in store. We'll also look at why the hearings are happening now. King is drawing criticism from American Muslims for singling out Islam, but there was a time when the Long Island congressman had close ties in the Islamic community — even attending one Muslim constituent's son's wedding. But that all changed after 9/11. We'll try to find out why, with Robert Kolker, who writes about it in this week's New York magazine. We'll also hear from Dr. Faroque Khan, who once called King a close friend.

We've also been hearing from a lot of your about the controversial hearing. Most of you say it's nothing but divisive, but today we asked if you think that anything good can come out of it. Here's some of what you said by text message.

Only if all stakeholders are involved in the hearing and I don't think all parties have been given a chance to speak.
—Oakland, Calif.

Focusing on Islamist radicalism would be a start. Need multi-front approach though. Education of non-Muslims as to true nature of Islam is essential as well. Same goes for radicalism of any ideology.
—Tacoma, Wash.

While some useful information may emerge, I'm expecting more of the empty political theatre the GOP does best to be the outcome.
—Baruch DovBe, Brooklyn, NY

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It's A Free Country ®

Hindu Activists Broaden the Fight Against Islamic Extremism

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

WNYC

For years, men like Arish Kumar Sahani have spoken out about the abuses suffered by Hindus in Muslim-majority countries, as well as how Islamic extremism affects Hindus in India. Their concerns didn't often travel outside the Indian-American community, which has fiercely debated the rights of Muslims in a Hindu-majority India.

But the furor over Park 51 and more recent controversy over Congressman Peter King's hearings on Muslim radicalization have provided a mainstream platform for Hindu-American activists, while simultaneously diversifying the ranks of anti-Islamic protesters.

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The Takeaway

In Support of Hearings on the 'Radicalization of Muslims'

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Congressman Peter King's (R-NY) controversial hearings, which begin Thursday, on the radicalization of American Muslim youths, is being met with tremendous anger from Muslims nationwide. But one Muslim American who is in favor of these hearings is Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, the president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. He believes whatever we have done to battle the radicalization of Muslim youth in America has not worked, and says "we need to figure out a new strategy."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Storyteller of Marrakesh

Friday, February 25, 2011

Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya talks about his novel, The Storyteller of Marrakesh: the first in an ambitious cycle of novels set in the Islamic world. The storyteller, Hassan, gathers listeners each year to the city square to share their recollections of a young, foreign couple who mysteriously disappeared years earlier, and their tales overlap, confirm, and contradict each other. Hassan hopes the tales will discover the truth, and absolve his brother, who is in prison for their disappearance.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

John Cassidy on Islam and Economies

Friday, February 25, 2011

New Yorker staff writer John Cassidy looks at whether Islam is responsible for the lagging economies of many Arab countries. His article “Prophet Motive” appears in the February 28 issue of The New Yorker.

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