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The Thinking Muslim

42 EpisodesProduced by Muhammad JalalWebsite

This podcast is dedicated to exploring issues in some more depth and untangling the complexities of the world around us. We engage thinkers, academics and scholars in conversation on a number of themes to appreciate the ideas that make up Islam as a system of thought.Follow us on https://www.thinkin… read more

42 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

The return of tyrants and foiled dreams with Iyad El-Baghdadi

November 23rd, 2020


This episode, I speak at length to the Arab Spring activist Iyad El-Baghdadi about his valuable experience, analysis and forecast about the years …

Macron’s France and the “Muslim Problem” - with Dr Yasir Qadhi

October 30th, 2020


To help us understand the current crises in France, I am delighted to have on The Thinking Muslim Sheikh Yasir Qadhi. Dr Yasir Qadhi is well known in …

The US elections and the Muslim Community - with Mohammed Hannini

October 26th, 2020


To an outsider, the United States looks like it is in meltdown. In what seems like months, the farce of the US elections has dwarfed coverage of huge …

Why the Arab Spring has only just begun? - A conversation with Dr Azzam Tamimi

October 17th, 2020


As part of our Arab Spring series, we take a look at the events that shook the region at the beginning of 2011 and ask searching questions about …

The Arab Spring 10 years on: What went wrong in Egypt and Syria? - Dr Osman Bakash

September 27th, 2020


We are coming to the tenth anniversary of the Arab Spring, the momentous series of events that started in hope with the desperate act of a Tunisian vegetable seller. With the return of another pharaoh in Egypt, the …

Malcolm X: the myths and reality - with Hakeem Muhammad

September 13th, 2020


Malcolm X, the black American Muslim leader is celebrated around the world. His courage, intelligence and skill to persuade, makes him one of the …

20 years of British Terror Laws - with Moazzam Begg

August 28th, 2020


Twenty years ago, the then UK Labour government led by Prime Minister Tony Blair introduced anti-terror laws that, in time, would expand the British …

Islamic Economics: Public and Private Property in Islam - with Dr Abul Izz Abdul Salam

August 18th, 2020


This week we invite back onto the show Dr Abul Izz Abdul Salam, a university professor and expert in comparative economics from Jerusalem Palestine …

Debates, Disagreements & Disunity with Dr Shadee Elmasry

August 7th, 2020


We speak to a regular guest Dr Shadee Elmasry about division within the Muslim community. I ask him, how does Islam help us to navigate our …

The Crisis of the Modern Man - With Ameen (Seera Masters)

July 28th, 2020


Even if we don’t subscribe to the oft quoted phrase of Jordan Peterson that there is "a crisis of masculinity", we may accept that young men live …

Islam, Liberalism and a Muslim Benedict Option with Ismail Royer

July 18th, 2020


The environment we find ourselves in after 9/11 has made it very difficult for our community to simultaneously continue living an Islamic life and …

The Srebrenica Massacre – a "human sacrifice” – with Professor Joseph Kaminski (Sarajevo)

July 13th, 2020


Our guest this week, Dr Joseph Kaminski is associate professor at the Department of International Relations at the International University of Sarajevo. He has spent the last six years in the country, which he has now …

Black Lives Matter & Left-Wing Activism - Imam Dawud Walid

July 1st, 2020


Our guest this week, Imam Dawud Walid, although acknowledging the importance of activism within the Islamic tradition, argues that our community must …

The Politics of Hijab - with Farhat Amin and Ustadh Iyad Hilal

June 18th, 2020


The dress of Muslim women has been politicised by secular thinkers, left wing activists, conservatives, feminists and talk-show hosts that all …

Hijab - Not My Body Not My Choice - A Conversation with Eeman Abbasi

June 12th, 2020


The Hijab or Khimar has been subject to ferocious scrutiny, with youtube influencers, journalists, politicians and academics all participating in …

“I can’t breathe” – George Floyd & structural racism in America with Hakeem Muhammad

June 2nd, 2020


My guest today, Hakeem Muhammad, grew up in the communities excluded by mainstream America. He argues that in our anger we should not undervalue the …

The Problem with 'Muslim Twitter' - a Conversation with Justin Parrott

May 27th, 2020


Muslim’s that engage on social media often contribute to the online antagonism that reflects the coarse and crude trend of wider society. It goes like this, someone tweets a view, sometimes coherent and thought through …

The Appeal of Diriliş Ertuğrul with Dilly Hussain and Imran Muneer

May 17th, 2020


Ertugrul is a show about the legendary father of Osman I, the founder of the Ottoman Sultanate. The show’s success in the Muslim world leaves many, …

The Remembrance of Death and the Afterlife with Kamal Abu Zahra

May 9th, 2020


Death has become a part of our everyday lives. Covid-19 and its spread have brought home to us the undeniable reality that we are mortal beings and …

Plagues & Prophetic Medicines with Iyad Hilal

May 4th, 2020


How should we understand the ahadith related to plagues and medicines? We are often deluged with cures for a host of ailments and some argue …

Modi, India and 'Corona Jihad' - with Fadl Hejazi

April 24th, 2020


This week I speak to Fadl Hejazi, a Muslim academic from India, about the crisis facing the Muslims of India. To cover its obvious failures, key …

The Facts, Fiction & COVID Conspiracies with Dr Naveed Syed and Dr Imran Waheed

April 18th, 2020


What is pronounced today in a post-truth world is the increase of non-experts on social media that forward their views and gain an audience upon conspiracy theories and half-baked truths. 

This week we invite Dr Naveed …

The Post-Coronavirus World Order - a Conversation with Riaz Hasan

April 5th, 2020


Since the Coronavirus lockdown became a daily feature of our lives, a number of commentators have speculated about the future of economic liberalism. …

Ten Questions on the Coronavirus Pandemic and Islam with Dr Shadee Elmasry

March 30th, 2020


As we hunker down and wait in anticipation for a Covid-19 breakthrough, we inevitably begin to think about our mortality and whether we have within us the ability to deal with this crisis. In the coming weeks we are …

Who wants the Caliphate? - Dr Ovamir Anjum

February 21st, 2020


My guest this week, Dr Ovamir Anjum , although abhorring all that Isis may stand for, suggests that its brief rise to notoriety has opened up space for intelligent minded Muslim’s to reimagine a world with a just …

Toxic Masculinity, an Islamic Response with Dr Shadee Elmasry

January 26th, 2020


What is a man, what makes a man and what is masculinity? Dr Shadee Elmasry takes a look at toxic masculinity and Islam's response. Dr Shadee in this …

Understanding India's Citizenship Law with Dr Asher Siddiqui (Delhi)

January 1st, 2020


This week I speak to Dr Asher Siddiqui, an engineer from Delhi who has been at the epicentre of the  protests at Delhi’s Jamia Millia University.

During the past two weeks, India has been rocked by countrywide …

Coping with Grief and Loss with Dr Yousif Haj Yousif

December 25th, 2019


In our short lives it is inevitable that we shall experience the death of our loved ones. Psychologists claim that there are five stages of grief, …

Islam and Mental Health with Psychiatrist Dr Imran Waheed

December 3rd, 2019


My guest this week has been working in the field for over twenty years, Dr Imran Waheed is a consultant psychiatrist and looks at what is mental …

Islamic Economics: Wealth distribution, the rich and investment with Dr Abul Izz Abdul Salam

November 11th, 2019


This week I ask Dr Abul Izz Abdul Salam, a professor and expert in comparative economics from Jerusalem Palestine, to take a look at how Islam deals …

Islamic Economics: Poverty, Inequality and Zakah with Dr Abul Izz Abdul Salam

November 3rd, 2019


This week I talk to Dr Abul Izz Abdul Salam, an academic and thinker of Islamic and comparative economics and a university professor from Jerusalem …

Explainer: Turkey and Syria

October 27th, 2019


This week we take a quick look at the announcement today of the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the actions of Erdogan of Turkey in Syria. 
Follow …

Understanding Secularism – with Uthman Badr

October 22nd, 2019


This week I talk to Uthman Badr, academic, speaker and activist from Sydney Australia, on secularism, its origins, meaning and its impact upon the …

A 'Suspect Community' - Britain's Muslims and the spectre of fear with Dr Asim Qureshi

October 4th, 2019


This week I talk to Asim Qureshi, Research Director at the advocacy group CAGE, on the securitisation of the Muslim community and the making of an …

Enslaved African Muslims to America: the untold story - with Hakeem Muhammad

September 22nd, 2019


My guest this week is Hakeem Muhammad, he argues that narratives about the slave trade barely mention the Muslim origin of many African’s that were enslaved, their courageous attempts to remain Muslim despite severe …

Brexit Explored: A Conversation with Dr Imran Waheed

September 8th, 2019


For over three years, Britain’s political establishment and much of the country has been in, what can only described as political …

What Does Islam Teach us about Wealth? - Hasan al-Hasan

September 2nd, 2019


This week we look at Islam’s perspective on wealth. In many ways how we view wealth and its accumulation has an impact on how we think, our likes and …

Modi's Hindutva - A living nightmare for Muslims - with Fadl Hejazi

August 25th, 2019


This week I speak to Fadl Hejazi, an India based academic in Islamic sciences, currently pursuing his doctoral studies in the energy economies of the Arab world. Fadl has extensively travelled across India and he is …

The Kashmir Crisis Explained with Dr Omar Khan

August 19th, 2019


This week on The Thinking Muslim Podcast I interview Dr Omar Khan, a political analyst and expert in South Asian affairs. Dr Khan provides a …

The plight of the Uyghur Muslims of Xinjiang - with Arslan Hidayat

August 12th, 2019


This week we shall be looking at the situation of the Muslim’s in China. Welcome to the first podcast of The Thinking Muslim, follow the show on …

Trailer - The Thinking Muslim Podcast

July 3rd, 2019


The idea behind this podcast was born out of a realisation that the although great Islamic content can be found on the internet generally and via podcasts specifically, this content sometimes lacks depth. If you, like …

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