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“We have a grant from the Social Science Research Council in New York City which is funded through the University of Wisconsin’s Global Studies center and all of the area centers of the Division of International Studies. It’s a very challenging project. The Social Science Research Council expressed concern that many Americans seem to be ignorant of Islam and fearful of Islam in the years since 9/11. So they have given a number of universities the challenge of sharing the global knowledge base that the university has with the American public in the hope of diffusing the fearmongering and opening up the American mind, one might say, to a more nuanced and more pluralistic notion of who Muslims are, of what they believe, and of the whole idea of Islam as something that is very present in American life as well as throughout the world. So if you notice that we are not focusing on radical Islam it’s because that’s what the media usually focuses on. We’re trying to get away from the monolithic notion that Muslims are all radicals and Islam is only about jihad.”

-Jean Feraca, 16 February 2009

Produced by Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders

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.

Green Faith

How does faith affect eco-consciousness? Is religion more focused on the after-life than on stewardship of the earth? Experts on Islam and Christianity join us for an interfaith conversation about faith and environmental activism. This show will preview an Inside Islam conference on Green Faith that will be held on March 6th at the Pyle Center at UW-Madison.

American Dervish

Aired February 07, 2012 | Visit the WPR Page | Download the Show

Milwaukee-born writer Ayad Akhtar’s debut novel, American Dervish, is a coming-of-age tale with a twist. As he tells the story of Pakistani-American teenager, Hayat Shah, Akhtar presents a complex and deeply personal portrayal of what it means to grow up Muslim in America.

A Peace Maker in Syria

Aired January 26, 2012 | Visit the WPR Page | Download the Show

In her memoir, The Bread of Angels, Stephanie Saldana wrote about an Italian Jesuit who restored a tenth century monastery near Damascus, and then dedicated it to Muslim/Christian dialogue. Father Paulo was recently forced into exile by the Assad regime, but he’s back. Stephanie joins us with an update.

The Muslim Brotherhood

In the wake of the pro-democracy protests in Tahrir Square, many Western observers are dismayed by the electoral success of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Dr. Tariq Ramadan, grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, joins us to talk about what the Brotherhood’s leadership means for the future of Egyptian democracy.

Talking with the Taliban

Aired January 19, 2012 | Visit the WPR Page | Download the Show

The Taliban announced this week that ten years after 9/11, it is finally willing to talk with the United States. There’s only one catch: in return, the Obama Administration has to release at least five senior Taliban officials held at Guantánamo. President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights Michael Ratner joins us to talk about prospects for peace, and the future of Guantánamo.

The Muslim Jesus

Jesus has a unique role as a divine figure in Islam. He is highly revered and esteemed as a super prophet, on a par with Mohammed, and in certain respects, even above him. An Islamic scholar joins us to talk about how two of the world’s greatest faith traditions differ in their understanding of one of the most important religious figures of all time.