Park51 developer Sharif El-Gamal: “We want to build Park51 so it has something for everyone”

In the wake of growing public debate, we ask Sharif El-Gamal, the CEO of Soho Properties and the developer of Park51, some hard questions about the plans to develop a Muslim-run community center in lower Manhattan. [Read more…]

Professor Hasan Elahi: “I can watch myself a lot better than they ever could”

Every day since 2003, Hasan Elahi has tracked his own location and activities by using a tracking device connected to the website Tracking Transcience. His goal? To show that he can track himself much better than the FBI ever could. [Read more…]

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…]