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Deciphering the most contested topics of our times straight from the South Side Banlieue of Paris. Join French human rights advocate Yasser Louati for his uncompromising takedowns of the headlines, what's behind them and who's on the other side.

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Deciphering the most contested topics of our times straight from the South Side Banlieue of Paris. Join French human rights advocate Yasser Louati for his uncompromising takedowns of the headlines, what's behind them and who's on the other side.

    India under Narenda Modi: 
Hindu nationalism and islamophobia

    India under Narenda Modi: 
Hindu nationalism and islamophobia

    Shedding light on how nazi ideology has inspired the BJP in power and how the collapse of Indian democracy did not happen overnight. Md Asif Khan
, an Anti Islamophobia Activist came on the show to describe the ongoing persecution of religious minorities in India especially Muslims, their lynchings, the violence of "mob cows", the poisonous conspiracy theories like "Muslim coronajihad" and the responsibility of Indian media. 

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    RACE RELATIONS IN FRANCE AND AMERICA

    RACE RELATIONS IN FRANCE AND AMERICA

    “This anti separatism bill reminds me of the Muslim ban under Trump” Channel Andrews, Professor of Law at the University of Pariss Assas

    Channel Andrews is an American attorney based in Paris, France, where she teaches law at Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II). Prior to moving to France, she served as Assistant Counsel in the Governor’s Office of General Counsel in Pennsylvania. Her legal expertise includes Administrative Law, Comparative International Law, and Constitutional Law.

    In this conversation, Channel Andrews compared ongoing mobilisations in both France and the US against shrinking space and how governments, especially in France seem unable to hear demands for equality and justice.

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    Ramadan against capitalism. Guest: Mariem Masmoudi

    Ramadan against capitalism. Guest: Mariem Masmoudi

    "...there is a deeper, more damaging force at play: our assimilation into  the capitalist structure via globalisation..."* *Mariem Massmoudi, civil society activist working for democratic governance &  religious freedom in the Middle East and North Africa. She writes on  critical political & social theory, comparative democracy studies,  and Islamic & comparative religious studies. Quoted: "Ramadan: The Month of Anti-Imperialism" https://traversingtradition.com/2018/06/04/ramadan-month-of-anti-imperialism/

    Watch this conversation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOzo-Rf3vrs


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    European, American Muslims: 
The status-quo or resistance?

    European, American Muslims: 
The status-quo or resistance?

    From 9/11 to the Paris Attacks in 2015, from the Patriot Act to the  state of emergency in France and in light Macron's racist policies, a  transatlantic look at Muslims in the West.
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    Jonathan Brown is the Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization  in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He received  his BA in History from Georgetown University in 2000 and his doctorate  in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of  Chicago in 2006. Dr. Brown has studied and conducted research in  countries such as Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Yemen,  South Africa, India, Indonesia and Iran. His book publications include The Canonization of al-Bukhari and Muslim: The Formation and Function of the Sunni Hadith Canon (Brill, 2007); Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World (Oneworld, 2009; expanded edition 2017); Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford  University Press, 2011), which was selected for the National Endowment  for the Humanities' Bridging Cultures Muslim Journeys Bookshelf; Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenges and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy (Oneworld, 2014), which was named one of the top books on religion in 2014 by the Independent; and Slavery and Islam (Oneworld,  2019). He has published articles in the fields of Hadith, Islamic law,  Salafism, Sufism, Arabic lexical theory and Pre-Islamic poetry and is  the editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law. Dr.  Brown’s current research interests include Islamic legal reform and a  translation of Sahih al-Bukhari. He is also the Director of Research at  the Yaqeen Institute.

    Sources quoted:
    ESTABLISHING OFFICIAL ISLAM? THE LAW AND STRATEGY OF COUNTER- RADICALIZATION by Samuel J. Rascoff http://www.stanfordlawreview.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2012/02/Rascoff-64-Stan-L-Rev-125-1.pdf
    Banning of the hijab: understanding france's ongoing war: https://anchor.fm/lebreakdown/episodes/Banning-of-the-hijab-understanding-frances-ongoing-war-eu6suq



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    Banning of the hijab: understanding france's ongoing war

    Banning of the hijab: understanding france's ongoing war

    As the French Senate has passed a series of amendments against the Muslim headscarf, foreign flags in weddings and even threats againts organizations on political grounds, where is this legislative brutality coming from and where is France going?

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    “Civil disobedience: if not now then when?” Malia Bouattia on Le Breakdown

    “Civil disobedience: if not now then when?” Malia Bouattia on Le Breakdown

    Malia Bouattia is the former head of the National Union of Students (NUS) in the UK. She was the first female Black British and Muslim leader of the historic student union in a landmark election that took place in 2016. She brought forward the issue or race, class and gender and was a leading voice for better access to education especially for minorities. Malia Bouattia also stood against the PREVENT provision that criinalised Muslim communities in the UK in the name of fighting terrorism.

    Malia Bouattia is aso Editor at Redpepper Magazine and is herself a contributor to several news outlets, including The Guardian, Middle East Eye, The New Arab and the HuffPost. She is currently a host on the British Muslim TV panel show Women Like Us.

    In this conversation, Malia gave her analysis of shrinking spaces in the West as several prominent academics are being silenced by the government as is the case for David Miller, if not outright brutalised at gunpoint like Dr Farid Hafez from the University of Salzburg.

    The conversation further expanded to highlight the ongoing bullying of civil society by the Macron government, the calls to censor criticism of israel by zionist organisations in the West acting on behalf of local israeli embassies, student organizing, the role of Muslims in fighting human rights violations and finally, why time is for “civil disobedience”.



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