Podcast 11: Mona Siddiqui

There are multiple way of looking at the relationship between two of the world’s largest faiths. While some point to existing even worsening tensions, many who are involved in Christian-Muslim relations understand that the moral and social challenges facing us demand that people place God’s love and mercy at the centre of their thinking. This is a challenge for all of us however we think of God. In the UK, Christian-Muslim conversations are a luxury; in many other parts of the world they are a necessity for the simple security of a society. This lecture will look at some of the themes and tensions which are present when these two faith groups engage.

Biography of Professor Mona Siddiqui, FRSE, FRSA

Professor of Islamic Studies and Public Understanding, University of Glasgow

Mona Siddiqui is Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Glasgow where she is also the Director of the Centre for the Study of Islam. Her areas of research and publications are the Qur’an, classical Islamic law, religion and contemporary ethics and Christian-Muslim issues. In 2008 she was the Jantina Tammes Visiting Professor at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Professor Siddiqui contributes to a wide range of media and is currently the Chair of the BBC’s Religious Advisory Committee in Scotland. She is also a commissioner on the Calman commission looking at the future of Scottish Devolution in the UK and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Faith.

Professor Siddiqui is an international speaker and in 2005 was awarded fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of Arts for her contribution to the academy and public life.

NOTE: This lecture was recorded with permission at the Wills Building, Bristol University, Bristol. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Radio Salaam Shalom.

This podcast has been made available through Radio Salaam Shalom by funding from the Bristol City Council’s Community Cohesion Team’s ‘Building The Bridge’ initiative.

Podcast 10: Live Muslim-Jewish Hip Hop.

Last year some of Radio Salaam Shalom’s team went off to London to shake their stuff to the sounds of the Psychosemitic collective. The intercultural project describes itself as a facilitator of “transformative interaction between Muslim, Jewish and Middle Eastern individuals and communities in the UK”.

That’s music, dance and food to the rest of us – and so much more.

In this exclusive live recording available as a podcast for the first time, you’ll hear a whole evening’s worth of intercultural brilliance as Psychosemitic’s MC Anomaly (a.k.a Daniel Silverstein) and a posse of amazingly talented stand-ups, musicians and other performers do their thing (don’t worry, we’ve edited out the naughtiest bits).

Find out more about the project here or visit www.psychosemitic.com. You can also hear some of Daniel’s current work with Mohamed Yahya as Lines Of Faith here.

NOTE: This live concert was recorded with permission at 93 Feet East in Brick Lane, London.

Podcast 9: Gaza and Vision

As the latest conflict in Gaza fades from the headlines, we focus on the issue of what lies ahead when the guns fall silent and the reporters go home: is there still a real vision for a peace beyond the destruction?

In this podcast, our team of Muslim and Jewish presenters are joined by contributors from around the world. They include:
- Ben Keene, setting up a Palestinian and Israeli peacebuilding audio recording project, (7m20s in)
- CEJI Director Robin Sclafani on European Jewish-Muslim dialogue and their vision for peace (46m30s in).
- Len and Elias from the Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogues initiative in the USA, (55m55s in)
- Gershon Gan, former Israeli ambassador to Zimbabwe (1h,1m 45s in)

The programme also includes a deeply moving discussion between Salaam Shalom presenters and friends Javed and Tal (33m40s in). Presenter Danyel also provides an eyewitness account of local political activism sparked by the Gaza conflict, (17m30s in). It closes at 1h14m50s with a special look at Gaza by the “Kickin’ It Back” team.

We also feature the music of Yusuf Islam, David Broza and Said Murad, Hdag Nagash and other artists promoting the message of peace.

DISCLAIMER: Please note that segments of this programme were recorded before the most recent ceasefire.

Podcast 8: Gaza and Dialogue

As the latest conflict in Gaza fades from the headlines, we focus on the issue of what lies ahead when the guns fall silent and the reporters go home: what’s the vision for a peace beyond the destruction?

As the latest conflict in Gaza fades from the headlines, we focus on the issue of what lies ahead when the guns fall silent and the reporters go home: what’s the vision for a peace beyond the destruction?

This programme is hosted by Peter Brill. In this podcast, our team of Muslim and Jewish presenters are joined by contributors from around the world. They include:

  • Ben Keene, setting up a Palestinian and Israeli peacebuilding audio recording project, (7m20s in)
  • CEJI Director Robin Sclafani on European Jewish-Muslim dialogue and their vision for peace (46m30s in).
  • Len and Elias from the Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogues initiative in the USA, (55m55s in)
  • Gershon Gan, former Israeli ambassador to Zimbabwe (1h,1m 45s in)

The programme also includes a deeply moving discussion between Salaam Shalom presenters and friends Javed and Tal (33m40s in). Presenter Danyel also provides an eyewitness account of the political activism caused by the Gaza conflict, (17m30s in). It closes at 1h14m50s with a special look at Gaza by the “Kickin’ It Back” team.

We also feature the music of Yusuf Islam, David Broza and Said Murad, Hdag Nagash and other artists promoting the message of peace.

DISCLAIMER: Please note that segments of this programme were recorded before the most recent ceasefire.