Podcast 14: Anne Frank + YOU – the exhibition

This podcast focuses on Bristol’s very successful hosting of the “Anne Frank + You” touring exhibition. Hear from volunteer presenters Javed and Brendi, who both volunteered as guides for the exhibition, as they share their experiences and thoughts on how this tragic story of the past is still relevant today.

This last week of May sees the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) release a report on discrimination against Muslims in the EU. These findings are part of the first ever EU-wide survey on immigrant and ethnic minority groups’ experiences of discrimination and racist crime, or EU MIDIS for short.

Islamophobia and anti-Semitism are issues which greatly concern our Jewish and Muslim friends, especially in the context of Word War Two Nazi-era atrocities against so many communities across Europe. With this in mind, our latest podcast focuses on Bristol’s very successful hosting of the “Anne Frank + You” touring exhibition. Co-presenters Javed and Brendi, who both volunteered as guides for the exhibition, share their experiences and thoughts on how this tragic story of the past is still relevant today, inspiring people to confront and work through so many of our societies’ own modern challenges.

For more on the Bristol exhibition, see http://www.annefrankbristol.org.uk.

To read the latest FRA report, see http://fra.europa.eu/eu-midis.

NOTE: We apologise for the occasional audio ‘glitches’ on this podcast which were caused by a hardware problem.

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Podcast 13: Waasila girls do Spittin Light

DJ Lisa Saffron talks to Amal, Sana and Samar of the Waasila young Muslim women’s club. These girls, age 13 to 19 years old, are based at the Bristol Muslim Cultural Society next to our Radio Salaam Shalom studio. Their goals are to make a difference and work together to benefit the community. In this podcast, they talk about the Spittin Light concert they organised in Bristol with the help of Radical Middle Way. The concert was a sell-out mix of hiphop, live Beatboxers and poets as well as a fundraiser for Palestine.

Podcast 12: Dialogue dividends, Prague, Noa, and Arabesq

Radio Salaam Shalom’s studios buzzed with music and chat as host Lisa was joined by Carolyn, Farhan and Danyal.

Fresh from a private session with ex ‘Gitmo’ detainee Mozam Baig, Danyal talked about about Guantanamo Bay’s unexpected dialogue dividends.

We also hear the music of Noa, the sounds of Andy Roberts’ ‘Arabesq‘ sessions and share recollections of a trip to the European Media Diversity forum (Farhan and Lisa travelled to Prague after Radio Salaam Shalom was chosen for an EU study as one of Europe’s top 30 examples of media diversity).

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.