Friday, September 21, 2012

Alchemy of Truth: Covering the Anti-Islam Film + Sydney Protests

The last two weeks have witnessed a lot of anger, some violence, and the same calls for civility and citizenship requirements for Australian Muslims. Articles were written, placards with offensive messages brandished, people arrested, commentators commentated, and muslim leaders made controversial decisions.

In a few months when all this dies down, we may be able to look at this episode in Australia's political religious cultural dynamic. But for now. We presented a show grasping the moment of today.

Our guest was Uthman Badar, spokesman for Hizbu Tahrir.

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Friday, September 07, 2012

Alchemy Of Truth: Cognitive Dissonance With Aftab Malik

Our interview with Aftab Malik  took place in Bankstown this time. This was carried out before Ramadan but we didn't have time to post it until today.

Aftab A. Malik has been called a "first rate scholar" by John L., Esposito, "a rising intellectual star" by The Muslim World Book Review and desribed as someone "at the cutting edge of research on Islam and at the heart of a group of young, emerging Muslim scholars, as well as established Muslim scholars," by Professor Philip Lewis at the department of Peace Studies (University of Bradford). 

Interviewing brother Aftab was a pleasure for the Alchemy team, for a man of his knowledge and his tool belt of skill and works, he was a friendly, down to earth man who loved to joke around while discussing amazing ideas with us.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

The Muslim Condition: With Yassir Mursi

After a brief pause during the Ramadan period. We are back alhumdulillah for another season. 

Last time I visited Melbourne, I had the pleasure of a romantic evening with a number of very insightful, intelligent and educated brothers and sisters. Speaking to them caused me to shift my thinking about a number of issues. And I realizes the conundrums the Muslim community sometimes feels when cornered by questions of culture or alliance.

Yassir Mursi is part of this group of people, and it was my pleasure to host him at the Alchemy of Truth last Friday the 31st of August. I did not want a structured format to the show like I usually do, but to open it up and let the discussion flow organically, and alhumdulillah it was a great experience, and I feel we learned a lot from Yassir.

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