This podcast is dedicated to exploring issues in some more depth and untangling the complexities of the world around us. We engage thinkers, academics, and scholars in conversation on a number of themes to appreciate the ideas that make up Islam as a system of thought.
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Is Modernity Destroying the Human Mind? - with Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad
Saturday 30 April 2022
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Is modernity destroying the human mind? This is the question we...
French Muslims and Macron's campaign of 'Systematic Obstruction' with Rayan Freschi
Saturday 23 April 2022
: At the time of this episode’s release, the outcome of the French presidential election has yet to be announced. It is likely the...
An Intelligent Guide to Zakat with Dr Osman Umarji
Saturday 16 April 2022
: Zakat is often mischaracterised as merely the act of paying individual alms. In reality it is a sophisticated system of wealth...
Russia's War on Ukraine with Professor Joseph Kaminski
Tuesday 22 March 2022
: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine dominates the news. This audacious attack on a neighbouring country has shocked Europe with its sheer...
The Trojan Horse Affair – Britain’s Anti-Terror Industry with Fahad Ansari and Dr Rob Faure Walker
Wednesday 02 March 2022
: We are back after a short pause.
Britain for the past 21 years has been overtaken by what can only be described as a national hysteria....
On Jihad, Empire and Solidarity - a Conversation with Dr Darryl Li and Dr Ovamir Anjum
Tuesday 18 January 2022
: This past week marks twenty years since the opening of the infamous detention centre, Guantanamo Bay. It remains a symbol of the hollowness...
The Importance of Community in Islam - With Dr Shadee Elmasry
Thursday 23 December 2021
: Today we invite back Dr Shadee Elmasry, Imam and community leader who has worked tirelessly at the local level to develop strong communities...
France's War in the Sahel - with Dr Alex Thurston
Monday 13 December 2021
: The Sahel, a region spanning the countries of West Africa, has been rocked by instability for the past few years. There is what the West...
The Ottoman Ulema 2: The Printing Press, Coffee and Secularisation with Dr Yakoob Ahmed
Saturday 04 December 2021
: In this second part of an extended interview with Ottoman historian, Dr Yakoob Ahmed from Istanbul University, we take a look at some of the...
The Ottoman Ulema 1: Osman, The Caliphate & The Mamluks - With Dr Yakoob Ahmed
Friday 26 November 2021
: In this two part show we talk Dr Yakoob Ahmed from Istanbul University about the relationship between the ulema (scholars) and the Ottoman...
US Liberalism & Islamic Exceptionalism with Dr Shadi Hamid
Monday 11 October 2021
: As you all know, this podcast is no stranger to dissecting the narrative forwarded by liberals in general and those within our community...
Islamic Governance, Caliphates and Emirates - with Iyad Hilal and Kamal Hussain
Tuesday 28 September 2021
: Since the demise of the Ottoman Caliphate, the Muslim world has moved from one crisis to another. The parlous state of the ummah is now the...
The Taliban & The End of US Hegemony - with Sami Hamdi and Ibrahim Moiz
Sunday 05 September 2021
: This week we bring together two commentators and analysts to make sense of the regional and international dimensions to the crisis. Sami...
Does Islam need a liberal reformation? Mustafa Akyol and Dr Ovamir Anjum
Wednesday 18 August 2021
: This episode we bring together two scholars, each on either side of the reform debate. Mustafa Akyol is probably the most notable Muslim...
Why Islam is Incompatible with Liberalism with Professor Joseph Kaminski
Sunday 18 July 2021
: We live in a world crafted by the tenets of liberalism. Western societies, of all hues, broadly base their politics, laws and thinking...
Ottoman Decline & Muslim Collective Amnesia with Dr Yakoob Ahmed
Saturday 03 July 2021
: The Ottoman state was the last Islamic Caliphate, that at its height brought diverse Muslims together under one banner. Yet, for a state...
The significance of Jerusalem (al-Quds) and Al Aqsa Mosque - with Ustadh Iyad Hilal
Sunday 20 June 2021
: Masjid al-Aqsa is a sacred mosque on a sacred site, observed by Muslims to be the third most revered religious site in Islam. In this...
France - Unveiling the Muslim Woman in Colonial Algeria with Zara Choudhary
Tuesday 25 May 2021
: France, like many European countries, were once the colonising force in the Muslim world. And like many of these countries, colonialism was...
Al-Aqsa attacks, Sheikh Jarrah & Gaza with Dr Azzam Tamimi
Saturday 15 May 2021
: For most Muslims, Ramadan’s routine of prayer, reflection and dua was interrupted by the horrific acts of savagery perpetrated by the...
In Conversation with Mohamedou Slahi - the most tortured man in Guantanamo Bay
Tuesday 27 April 2021
: Mohamedou Slahi’s period of unlawful detention in Guantanamo Bey has recently been portrayed in the film ‘The Mauritanian’. His...
Building an Intimate Relationship with the Qur'an - Ustadh Nuh Saunders
Saturday 17 April 2021
: In the month of Ramadan we commonly hear that this is the month of the Qur’an. Usually, we associate this with its increased recitation in...
Understanding Ramadan Moonsighting with Ustadh Iyad Hilal
Saturday 10 April 2021
: The subject of the sighting of the moon has become a metaphor for our broader division as an ummah. We have disputes over the correct day to...
The Mauritanian with Moazzam Begg
Saturday 03 April 2021
: If you want to see a film that simultaneously depicts the horrors of man’s excessive barbarism but also the indominable spirit of human...
Demystifying social science and the religion of liberal economics with Dr Asad Zaman (Pakistan)
Saturday 20 March 2021
: The social sciences, the humanities, politics, geography and the like are looked upon with the same reverence as natural sciences. And the...
Understanding the Objectives of the Shari'ah (Maqasid al Shari'ah)
Saturday 27 February 2021
: We live in a world where Islam is subject to an almighty project of reform. In this difficult environment, the simple truths of Islam and...