Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim: “The Malaysian people will not easily be fooled”

Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who is on trial in Kuala Lumpur on sodomy charges for a second time, speaks to Wajahat Ali about the controversy and discusses the country’s ethnic and religious conflicts and issues facing the Muslim world. [Read more…]

Author Dave Eggers: “Something tangible and beneficial can come out of this”

Author Dave Eggers speaks to us about his latest book, Zeitoun, which chronicles the heroic efforts of the Zeitoun family of New Orleans who helped many of their neighbours in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, only to be betrayed by their government. [Read more…]

The Zeitoun family: “I never dreamed that someone would write a book about (our) experiences”

Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun, subjects of Dave Eggers’ new book Zeitoun, speak about Hurricane Katrina and Abdelrahman’s arrest, their dedication to New Orleans, and the establishment of the Zeitoun Foundation to help with the ongoing reconstruction of their city. [Read more…]

Special Representative to Muslim Communities Farah Pandith: “It’s not about the American flag being waved everywhere”

For the first time, the Department of State, under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has created a new position to engage with Muslim communities worldwide. Its head, State Department and National Security Council veteran Farah Pandith, speaks to us here in her first official interview. [Read more…]

British parliamentary candidate Osama Saeed: Muslims in Europe: The Scottish example

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has a new candidate for British Parliament from one of its key districts in Glasgow – activist Osama Saeed. But what’s a young Glaswegian Muslim doing running with a nationalist party in Europe? We speak to Saeed to find out. [Read more…]

Filmmaker Jennifer Taylor: “There are so many things that surprised me”

Filmmaker Jennifer Taylor gives some insight into the people at the heart of her documentary film “New Muslim Cool”, talks about avoiding the typical traps found when telling stories about Muslims, and explains how labels become meaningless for a community that increasingly blurs the lines between ethnicities, beliefs, and cultures. [Read more…]