Tariq Ramadan has been called the Muslim Martin Luther
King, and he's often described as Europe's most important Muslim intellectual.
Hundreds of young Muslims turn up at his talks, and tapes of his lectures
are widely circulated. He travels throughout the Islamic world, trying
to build bridges between European Muslims and conservative clerics. But
some countries, including the United States, have banned Ramadan. In this
hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge we'll talk with Tariq Ramadan.
has been called the Muslim Martin Luther King. The Swiss philosopher
travels widely trying to build bridges between European Muslims and
conservative clerics. His new book is "In the Footsteps of the
Prophet." Ramadan tells Steve Paulson that Muhammad's life offers
many lessons to contemporary muslims. You can read Steve's interview
with Ramadan at
Ahmad grew up in both Pakistan and the United States. Trained as
an M.D., Ahmad has traded in his stethoscope for a guitar and performs
with his group, Junoon. They've sold 25 million albums and are
wildly popular in Asia. Ahmad is a devout Muslim and tells Anne Strainchamps
that he sees nothing in his religion that forbids music, and explains
why he thinks some clerics are so strict. And we hear some of his music.
Elif Shafak splits her time between Istanbul and Arizona. Her latest
book is "The Bastard of Istanbul." She talks with Jim Fleming
about the controversial concept of insulting Turkishness and the death
of newspaper editor Hrant Dink, and the role of women in Turkish/Muslim
society. Also, Ayaan Hirsi Ali may be the world's most famous critic
of Islam. Born a Muslim, Hirsi Ali fled to the Netherlands where
she eventually became a member of Parliament and the artistic collaborator
of Dutch film-maker Theo Van Gogh. He was murdered by a Muslim fanatic.
Hirsi Ali has written a book called "Infidel," and tells Steve
Paulson why she believes Islam oppresses women and is irreconcilable
with western democracy.
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|Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Infidel
|Tariq Ramadan, In the Footsteps
of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad (Oxford)
|Elif Shafak, The Bastard of
Istanbul: a novel (Viking)
- After Return:
Junooni w/ "Sagar"
- After Ramadan:
Junooni w/ "Nachoon Gi"
- In Ahmad:
On "The Best of Junoon" (EMI):
- After Shafak:
Ibn Arabi Ensemble
On "Under the Moroccan Sky"
- After Hirsi Ali:
Marigold Music Publishing
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