Historical surveys and current discussions about culture, religion, and politics in Muslim settings
EP.56--History: From the Umayyads to the Abbasids
This episode discusses some elements related to the transition from the first dynasty of the world of Islam, the Banu Umayya, to the highly influential ruling dynasty of the Banu al-Abbas, bringing Muhammad's clan of Banu Hashim back to a leadership role.
EP.55-The Non-Muslims of the Early Islamic Period (Part II)
This episode continues discussing the non-Muslim communities of the early Islamic period. The focus shifts to Christian communities after the Arab conquests.
EP.54-The Non-Muslims of the Early Islamic Period (Part I)
This episode of the World of Islam briefly discusses the non-Muslim communities of the early Islamic period, particularly after the Arab conquests of the Near East and the establishment of an Islamic empire. The focus of this first part is on Judaism and the Jewish communities.
Ep.53-Religion: Popular Islam
This episode seeks to correct a major misconception concerning Islam and Muslim life. The Islam of the masses is not simply a reflection of the intellectual discourses that we have covered so far in the podcast.
Ep.52-The Brethren of Purity
This episode of the World of Islam introduces the so-called Ikhwan al-Safa (The Brethren of Purity), a group of mysterious thinkers that produced a major encyclopedic philosophical work. We touch on Ismailism and the attempt to unify various forms of knowledge in classical Islam. A History of Islamic Philosophy by Majid FakhryIslamic Philosophy A-Z by Peter S. GroffIslamic Philosophy: an Introduction by Oliver LeamanThe Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy Edited by P. Adamson/R.C. Taylor
Ep.51-Al-Farabi and his Philosophy
Al-Farabi (d.950) was one of the most important philosophers of the world of early Islam. This episode briefly introduces part of his contribution to metaphysics and political philosophy. Sources and further readings:A History of Islamic Philosophy by Majid FakhryIslamic Philosophy A-Z by Peter S. GroffIslamic Philosophy: an Introduction by Oliver LeamanThe Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy Edited by P. Adamson/R.C. Taylor
Perfect length, to-the-point, even-handed
I hope the host will continue the series - his style and content is just right for me. He strikes a balance among scholarly, religious, popular/devotional, political views, historical and current contexts. Each topic is pretty self-contained but also refers the listener to other relevant episodes. I've "saved" all the episodes and go back to them from time to time. Thank you so much!
I came wanting to know a bit about the history of islam. I was lukewarm on learning about the theology. However, when it came I thought it was really interesting. All the elements are well balanced. It’s a good mix of, as the title says, culture, religion and politics. It has enough detail to flesh out understanding, but not so much as to overwhelm or bore a beginner. The tone is pleasantly neutral.
I feel like I’ve learned a lot, and have been entertained. What more could one ask for?
Well spoken and informative.
Enjoyable and informative — and also timely.