Sunday, April 29, 2012

Alchemy of Truth: Exploring why (and IF) They (Arab men) Hate Us (Arab Women)

A little less than two weeks ago, writer, journalist and commentator Mona Altahhawi wrote an article in Foreign Policy titled "Why Do they Hate Us". In it she argues the need for Arab women to fight the systematic social, political and religoius misogyny they are living with in the Middle East. Understandabley there was an explosion all over the internet, blogs commended and condemned her, tweets retweeted and facebookers liked and shared love and hate sentiments about her. Is her version of the status and plight of women in the Middle East accurate ? This is what we discuss in this show. 

Our guests were; world renowned journalist and commentator Dima Khatib (we called her in Caracas Vanezuela, she was asleep !) and from Sydney University, Lecturer in Islamic and Arabic Studies  Lucia Sorbrera. 

We should note that Dima also wrote an excellent article in reply to Mona's article. You can find it here 

This is the official start of our new host Annarose Zayied (of the Casula Zayeds).

Please note: we are always looking to improve the show and present a properly researched well balanced argument. We always appreciate your feedback. Comment and let us know your thoughts.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

The Alchemy of Truth, Episode 3: Islamophobia

Friday 13th April 2012.

We explore the history and nature of Islamophobia in the west and specifically in Australia. We have as our guest today sister Rebecca K and sister Mariam Veiszadeh contributing their thoughts and insights with us.

We mentioned the JAAN initiative by Mission of Hope in Sydney, as well the US based website Loon Watch, one of the most beneficial useful tools of the fight against Islamophobia in the west. I strongly recommend reading and following them.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

The Alchemy of Truth, Episode 1: Feminism again !

The second episode exploring the issues of Feminism and Islam. Is there a compatibity between them ? or do their philosophical basis make them pivotally incompatible ? Our guests this episode are Jamilah Hussien from UTS (Sydney) and Mohammad Tabbaa from Melbourne University.

A massive thanks to all the brothers and the sisters who contributed, commented, followed up and trolled us on the show.

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