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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Freedom of Speech and Muslims with Hamza Tzortzis
Thursday 28 January 2021
: A Special Extended Interview
Freedom of speech is an idea we all naturally gravitate towards. Who would want to live in a society where...
Understanding Vaccines with Dr Hisham Abdallah
Monday 11 January 2021
: Vaccines are in the news. As the coronavirus ravages the world, causing untold damage to lives, communities and livelihoods, a glimmer of...
The Islamic view on vaccines, fake news and expertise with Ustadh Iyad Hilal
Monday 28 December 2020
: This week we invite back onto the show Ustadh Iyad Hilal from California’s Al Arqam Institute. Ustadh Iyad has expertise in usul ul-fiqh...
Capitalism and Socialism - Thoughts on Islamic Economics - with Almir Colan
Sunday 06 December 2020
: Riaz Hasan speaks to Almir Colan, a thinker on Islamic economics and host of the thought provoking Islamic Finance podcast and Director of...
The Return of Tyrants and Foiled Dreams with Iyad El-Baghdadi
Monday 23 November 2020
: This episode, I speak at length to the Arab Spring activist Iyad El-Baghdadi about his valuable experience, analysis and forecast about the...
Macron’s France and the “Muslim Problem” - with Dr Yasir Qadhi
Friday 30 October 2020
: To help us understand the current crises in France, I am delighted to have on The Thinking Muslim Sheikh Yasir Qadhi. Dr Yasir Qadhi is well...
The US elections and the Muslim Community - with Mohammed Hannini
Monday 26 October 2020
: To an outsider, the United States looks like it is in meltdown. In what seems like months, the farce of the US elections has dwarfed...
Why the Arab Spring has only just begun? - A conversation with Dr Azzam Tamimi
Saturday 17 October 2020
: As part of our Arab Spring series, we take a look at the events that shook the region at the beginning of 2011 and ask searching questions...
The Arab Spring 10 years on: What went wrong in Egypt and Syria? - Dr Osman Bakash
Sunday 27 September 2020
: We are coming to the tenth anniversary of the Arab Spring, the momentous series of events that started in hope with the desperate act of a...
Malcolm X: the myths and reality - with Hakeem Muhammad
Sunday 13 September 2020
: Malcolm X, the black American Muslim leader is celebrated around the world. His courage, intelligence and skill to persuade, makes him one...
20 years of British Terror Laws - with Moazzam Begg
Friday 28 August 2020
: Twenty years ago, the then UK Labour government led by Prime Minister Tony Blair introduced anti-terror laws that, in time, would expand the...
Islamic Economics: Public and Private Property in Islam - with Dr Abul Izz Abdul Salam
Tuesday 18 August 2020
: This week we invite back onto the show Dr Abul Izz Abdul Salam, a university professor and expert in comparative economics from Jerusalem...
Debates, Disagreements & Disunity with Dr Shadee Elmasry
Friday 07 August 2020
: We speak to a regular guest Dr Shadee Elmasry about division within the Muslim community. I ask him, how does Islam help us to navigate our...
The Crisis of the Modern Man - With Ameen (Seera Masters)
Tuesday 28 July 2020
: Even if we don’t subscribe to the oft quoted phrase of Jordan Peterson that there is "a crisis of masculinity", we may accept that young...
Islam, Liberalism and a Muslim Benedict Option with Ismail Royer
Saturday 18 July 2020
: The environment we find ourselves in after 9/11 has made it very difficult for our community to simultaneously continue living an Islamic...
The Srebrenica Massacre – a "human sacrifice” – with Professor Joseph Kaminski (Sarajevo)
Monday 13 July 2020
: Our guest this week, Dr Joseph Kaminski is associate professor at the Department of International Relations at the International University...
Black Lives Matter & Left-Wing Activism - Imam Dawud Walid
Wednesday 01 July 2020
: Our guest this week, Imam Dawud Walid, although acknowledging the importance of activism within the Islamic tradition, argues that our...
The Politics of Hijab - with Farhat Amin and Ustadh Iyad Hilal
Thursday 18 June 2020
: The dress of Muslim women has been politicised by secular thinkers, left wing activists, conservatives, feminists and talk-show hosts that...
Hijab - Not My Body Not My Choice - A Conversation with Eeman Abbasi
Friday 12 June 2020
: The Hijab or Khimar has been subject to ferocious scrutiny, with youtube influencers, journalists, politicians and academics all...
“I can’t breathe” – George Floyd & structural racism in America with Hakeem Muhammad
Tuesday 02 June 2020
: My guest today, Hakeem Muhammad, grew up in the communities excluded by mainstream America. He argues that in our anger we should not...
The Problem with 'Muslim Twitter' - a Conversation with Justin Parrott
Wednesday 27 May 2020
: Muslim’s that engage on social media often contribute to the online antagonism that reflects the coarse and crude trend of wider society....
The Appeal of Diriliş Ertuğrul with Dilly Hussain and Imran Muneer
Sunday 17 May 2020
: Ertugrul is a show about the legendary father of Osman I, the founder of the Ottoman Sultanate. The show’s success in the Muslim world...
The Remembrance of Death and the Afterlife with Kamal Abu Zahra
Saturday 09 May 2020
: Death has become a part of our everyday lives. Covid-19 and its spread have brought home to us the undeniable reality that we are mortal...
Plagues & Prophetic Medicines with Iyad Hilal
Monday 04 May 2020
: How should we understand the ahadith related to plagues and medicines? We are often deluged with cures for a host of ailments and some argue...
Modi, India and 'Corona Jihad' - with Fadl Hejazi
Friday 24 April 2020
: This week I speak to Fadl Hejazi, a Muslim academic from India, about the crisis facing the Muslims of India. To cover its obvious failures,...