Podcast 18: Women in Islam with Majida Khan [Part1]

EMPOWERED MUSLIM WOMEN

First in the new series ‘Women in Islam’ presented by volunteer Majida Khan.

Oppressed. Behind the veil. Submissive. These are just some of the myths and ideas surrounding Muslim women today. But are Muslim women really limited to this? Is the empowerment of Muslim women a myth, a reality or a bit of both?

Let’s take the questions a bit further. Do all people even believe in or agree with such stereotypes? Finally, and perhaps most importantly, what is Bristol doing to address these issues?

Join RSS Presenter Majida Islam Khan as she explores these issues in the show ‘Empowered Muslim Women’ – the first in her new series on women in Islam.

Music Notes: includes instrumental tracks from Sami Yusuf.

Podcast 17: Faith and Sexuality

Presented by volunteer presenters: Tal, Lisa, Javid and Edson.

(Lisa Saffron writes…)

“True to our mission, Radio Salaam Shalom brings Jews and Muslims together to celebrate, debate and share issues that shape our daily lives.

“One of the questions we use to start a dialogue is “What are you most proud of about being Jewish or Muslim?” For me the answer is clear – I’m most proud of my Jewish community’s acceptance of my lesbian sexuality.

“Now sexuality is a topic we’ve never covered in our 3 years of broadcasting so I wasn’t sure what kind of dialogue we’d have if I mentioned the L word. Four people representing the 3 Abrahamic faiths gathered in the Salaam Shalom studio to listen to Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah (Brighton & Hove Liberal Synagogue) and to take part in a stimulating and lively dialogue”.

Podcast 16: Peaceful Solutions with Lisa, Danyal and Shabana

PEACEFUL SOLUTIONS: BEING PEACE

Presented by volunteer presenters Lisa Saffron, Danyal Laskar and Shabana Kausur.

Danyel finds out about how exporting fun actually works with UK group ‘Circus2Palestine’.

Lisa focuses on ‘Jewish Voices for Peace and the Bethlehem Link, an organisation that brings schoolchildren from Palestine to the UK where they perform their traditional dances far from their homeland.

We also hear from Mohammad Darawshe, Director of the Abraham Fund Initiatives, an Israel/New York-based organisation which has just released Israel’s first ever comprehensive information manual on Israeli Arab society for policy makers in government, civil society and the private sector. Mr Darawshe took some time out of a recent speaking tour of the UK to speak to our team.

Podcast 15: Roots of Hatred [Part1]

Roots of Hatred [Part1], presented by volunteer presenters Valerie Emmott, Danyal Laskar and Madge Dresser.

>This year’s Cannes Film Festival premiered with Up, an innovative 3d animated film using new technologies which will lie at the foundation of future cinema. However, the film which won the prestigious Golden Palm award was a completely different experience. Made in black and white, The White Ribbon (German: Das weiße Band) takes audiences right back in time to pre First World War Germany. Director Michael Haneke says the film is about “the origin of every type of terrorism, be it of political or religious nature.” It explores the origins of the fascism that would lead to the rise of the Nazis many years later and the slow ferment of racial and cultural hatreds that led to the Third Reich’s Holocaust.

With this in mind, presenters Danyal, Valerie and Madge are introducing a new series of regular podcasts looking at The Roots Of Hatred. What lessons should we look for from the past when trying to understand and counter today’s alarming rise in anti-Semitic and Islamophobic sentiments? How does a more mutual, shared future grow from where we’ve come from in our societies?