Thursday, February 28, 2008

David Shulman on CBC Radio Show "The Sunday Edition", February 10, 2008

http://www.cbc.ca/thesundayedition/listen.html

http://www.cbc.ca/radioshows/THE_SUNDAY_EDITION/20080210.shtml

Recommendation - Islam & Science

http://www.cis-ca.org/index.php?page=Journal

Bi-annual publication of the Center for Islam and Science. My first issue was Vol 5, No 2, Winter 2007.

Recommendation - Ascent Magazine

I've had the first issue of Ascent Magazine (Spring 2007) for some time, but I only got around to reading it today. It's worth the subscription. I did not receive my Fall 2007 issue on time, but when I e-mailed for assistance, I got the magazine in the mail shortly thereafterwards.

http://www.ascent-magazine.org/

Reza Aslan - Apparently, terrorism pays. It pays very well.

Reza Aslan wrote a piece about fraudulent terrorism/Islam experts on Anderson Cooper's blog. http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2008/02/27/apparently-terrorism-pays-it-pays-very-well/

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Strategic Assessments's FairPlay Media

http://www.strategicassessments.org/programs/fairplaymedia.asp

NEASFram - Near East and Africa Security Framework: ICC, Darfur and a Fatally Flawed Foreign Policy Approach

NEASFram - Near East and Africa Security Framework: ICC, Darfur and a Fatally Flawed Foreign Policy Approach

Recommendation - No More Taking Sides - Krista Tippett's Speaking of Faith

http://speakingoffaith.publicradio.org/programs/nomore/index.shtml

This episode features a Jewish Israeli and a Muslim Palestinian who belong to The Parents' Circle, an organization which brings together families who have suffered casualties in the conflict in Palestine.

Recommendation - Ed Husain - Interview on Krista Tippett's Speaking of Faith

http://speakingoffaith.publicradio.org/programs/britishradical/index.shtml

Recommendation - Fall of Adam - Lecture by William Chittick

http://www.islamfrominside.com/Pages/Podcasts/Fall%20of%20Adam%20podcast.html

Contrast this with a recent episode of Terry Gross's Fresh Air: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=19096131

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Review: Taner Edis "An Illusion of Harmony: Science and Religion in Islam"

This explicitly non-Muslim author examines the attempts contemporary Muslims are making in scientific fields. While these attempts have similarities to Western religious communities' attempts at science, the continued strength of Muslims' attachment to their religious texts and the limitations those Muslims have placed on scientific inquiry of those Muslims who disregard religious texts in the course of scientific inquiry have retarded true scientific progress in predominantly Muslim countries.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Review: Shirin Ebadi's Iran Awakening: A Memoir of Revolution and Hope

Shirin Ebadi's Iran Awakening: A Memoir of Revolution and Hope is a very easy, compelling read. Of course I heard about Khanum-e Ebadi, but I had never actually heard her speak or read any of her writings.

My big fear whenever I read a memoir is the possibility that it is pure propaganda and promotion.