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Understanding the Qur’an

An upcoming Inside Islam radio show at the end of February will focus on the Qur’an. Professor Anna M.  Gade , author of The Qur’an: An Introduction, will join the program to shed light on the text that many do not understand.  Some like Geert Wilder have gone so far as to compare it to Hitler’s Mein Kampf and others like Terry Jones called for people to burn copies of the Qur’an.

Professor Gade was part of an earlier program on the art of reciting the Qur’an. In this program, she will talk with Jean about the content of the Qur’an so that listeners have a better idea about the complexity of the text, its moral message, and its role in the lives of Muslims worldwide.

What would you like to know about the Qur’an? Do you think that it calls for violence? Have you ever read a Qur’an? What was your reaction? Please share your thoughts below.

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The Afghan Women’s Writing Project

Aired March 6, 2012 | Visit the WPR Page | Download the Show

In a country where women have been told their stories do not matter, and have been threatened for telling them, women still muster the courage to write about themselves, even at the risk of severe punishment. The Afghan Women Writers Project is a US based organization dedicated to bringing their stories to light.

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Senegal: An Imam in Saint Louis

A former French colony in western Africa, Senegal is a country where a Muslim majority and a Christian minority live peacefully together and pride themselves on interfaith harmony. Several UW-Madison faculty and staff members visited Senegal in January, 2009, to find out what makes Senegal a model for interfaith peace.

The UW-Madison group interviewed a prominent Imam in Saint Louis. Following his father’s footstep, the 83-year-old Imam became a scholar and teacher at age 16. He started running a school well before Senegal became independent. Because his school was not involved in political activities, just in Qur’anic teaching, the colonial power left it alone. Continue reading