Author Naomi Klein: “The tyranny of complexity is at the heart of this crisis”

No Logo and The Shock Doctrine author and journalist Naomi Klein speaks to us about the “disaster capitalism” underway with the proposed multi-billion dollar Wall Street bailouts. [Read more…]

DNC Chairman Howard Dean: “It’s not true that [we don’t] want to be associated with Muslims”

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean speaks to us about the rise of Barack Obama, the Bush-McCain legacy, and why Muslims are welcome in the Democratic Party. [Read more…]

Imam Warith Deen Mohammed: “If we become independent thinkers, we can make a contribution”

In his last known interview, Imam Warith Deen Mohammed speaks about American madhabs, Black American culture, and why Barack Obama should be the next US President. [Read more…]

Author Sherry Jones: “I did all this in the service of a truth”

Jewel of Medina author Sherry Jones speaks to us about her book, a semi-fictional novel based on the life of Prophet Muhammad’s wife Aisha pulled by her publisher Random House, and what led to a firestorm of controversy described by many as the next Satanic Verses. [Read more…]

Activist Shirin Ebadi: “The people of Iran have chosen the path of reform”

Human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi speaks to Wajahat Ali and Omid Safi about her native Iran, the looming threat of war, and the aspirations of the Iranian people. [Read more…]

Author Chris Hedges: “The new atheists are secular fundamentalists”

Author Chris Hedges has an issue with the “new athiests,” namely that they’re no better than those they profess to oppose, the Christian fundamentalists. Muslims and other religious minorities are often stuck in the middle. [Read more…]

Professor Noam Chomsky: “(Our) international affairs are like the Mafia”

Wajahat Ali interviews influential intellectual Noam Chomsky about how Iraq is different from Vietnam, America as an “outlaw state,” and the consent that is still being manufactured in today’s media. [Read more…]

Professor Seyyed Hossain Nasr: Islam’s spiritual science

We speak with Professor Seyyed Hossain Nasr about Rumi’s spiritual influence on the modern world, the role of Sufism in Islamic history and tradition, and the critique of Sufism as an antiquated model of esotericism. [Read more…]

Author Imran Ahmed: An unimagined life

Associate editor Irfan Yusuf catches up with Unimagined author Imran Ahmad at the Sydney Writer’s Festival to discuss identity and the generation gap for a Muslim growing up in the West [Read more…]

Writer Fatima Bhutto: The new “daughter of destiny”

Writer and poet Fatima Bhutto, the niece of recently assassinated former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, speaks about her views of Pakistani politics – and why she’s not interested in becoming another politician. [Read more…]