WHEN WE MEET
Many of us first met Islam on 9/11 with planes slamming
into the World Trade Center not a very good first impression. In
this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, a proper introduction,
as we talk with Muslims and Westerners who are redefining our relationship.
From a Danish cartoonist with a fatwa over his head to the founder of
the Muslim Punk movement. Meeting each other again, next time.
Moustafa Bayoumi is the author of "How
Does It Feel To Be A Problem? Being Young and Arab in America."
He talks with Jim Fleming about how 9/11 caused him to feel like an
outsider in his own country. Also, Dilshad Ali is the US correspondent
for IslamOnline dot net and former Islamic editor for Beliefnet dot
com. She's a Muslim who grew up in Grand Forks, North Dakota. She talks
about reading the Christian-influenced Narnia tales to her children.
Alaa Al Aswany reads from his novel, "Chicago,"
and talks with Steve Paulson about it. Al Aswany is one of the top-selling
novelists in the Arab world, but because copyright protections are weak
there, he still works part-time as a dentist. He says this keeps him
in touch with the people. He firmly rejects political Islam. Also,
Michael Muhammed Knight wrote a novel called "The Taqwacores."
He made up the word: taqwa is Arabic for piety and core means hardcore.
Since the book came out, it's sparked a punk movement, a documentary
and a full length feature film. Anne Strainchamps talked with Knight
about how an Irish Catholic kid became an observant Muslim at age 16,
and about the effects of his novel on other young Muslims.
Kurt Westergaard is the Danish cartoonist who
depicted the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb in his turban in a Danish
newspaper in 2005. Riots ensued all over the world and a death fatwa
was issued against Westergaard. He describes his situation to Steve
Paulson and feels that within the Danish tradition of humor and free
speech, he did nothing wrong. Also, until January 20 of this year, Swiss
philosopher Tariq Ramadan was banned from the United States.
He's also been banned from Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Tunisia.
His admirers consider him one of the top Muslim reformers. Ramadan tells
Steve Paulson that Islam should be viewed as a religion in its own right
and not compared to the history of Christianity. He says Westerners
should consider the opinions of the silent majority of Muslims, not
the noisy minority.
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|Tariq Ramadan, What I Believe
Alaa Al Aswany, Chicago (Harper
|Moustafa Bayoumi, How Does
It Feel To Be a Problem? (Penguin Press)
|Michael Muhammad Knight, The
Taqwacores, Blue-Eyed Devil, The Five Percenters Osama Van Halen,
Impossible Man, Or, F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Rise of Islam, and
Journey to the End of Islam (Softskull Press)
- All break music came from "Music from the Motion
Picture Factotum" by Kristin Asbjornsen on Milan Music - "Slow
Day," " Dreamland," "Still Awake," "Drunk
Driving," and, "Pickles."
- During Michael Muhammad Knight's interview on tacqwacore
we heard the following music (ALL self-released music):
"Poppy Fields" by Vote Hezbollah
"Miskeen" by Al-Thawra
"Kahnaquin 3am Death Raid" by The Sagg Taqwacore Syndicate
"Evil Eye" by Sarmust
"Sharia Law in the USA" by the Kominas
"Chaku" by the Kominas
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