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?

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.

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE:

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.

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.