Podcast 21: Roots of Hatred – Part 2

In the latest of our ‘Roots of Hatred’ series, RSS presenters Valerie Emmott, Danyal Laskar and Madge Dresser continue their look at some small starts to big problems.

With the recent rise of the far-right in the UK and European elections, what’s the uneasy balance between democracy, free speech and hate speech? Does this say anything about intolerances and scapegoats in our modern world? How far back does Islamophobia go? Did anti-Semitism start in similar ways? What’s the story of the Saracen’s Head? How does a piece of ceramics found in a 21st century city centre development reveal the respect earned by Muslim leader Saladin in 12th century Bristol?

With more on the links between the Crusades and how we live now, it’s worth taking a close look at what ‘Crusade’ actually means. Madge speaks to Dr Peter Fleming, a specialist in Middle Ages Europe at the University of the West of England. She also talks to Gail Boyle, archaeologist at Bristol City Museums, about a surprising legacy of the new Colston Hall development.

It’s not all talk on the podcast. There’s also some amazing music, including a song that was ‘top of the charts’ back in the 12th Century! The Early Music Consort performs one of fewer than 200 pieces of medieval music that survive: “Chevalier, Mult Estes Guariz” from the time of the 2nd Crusade. Translation available here so put that on your – er – ‘knight’pod.

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With the recent rise of the far-right in the UK and European elections, what’s the uneasy balance between democracy, free speech and hate speech? Does this say anything about intolerances and scapegoats in our modern world? How far back does Islamophobia go? Did anti-Semitism start in similar ways? What’s the story of the Saracen’s Head? How does a piece of ceramics found in a 21st century city centre development reveal the respect earned by Muslim leader Saladin in 12th century Bristol?

Podcast 20: Climate Change with Lisa and Shabana

This podcast is presented by volunteers Lisa Saffron and Shabana Kausur, who are joined in the Radio Salaam Shalom studio with two climate change campaigners to talk about – but what else?… What can we do to save the planet?

Along for the show’s eco-friendly ride were Christian Aid campaigner Adam Gardner, joined by the Loughborough Student Union’s Ethical and Environmental Development Officer Sarah Ettlinger. Sarah also campaigned for the environmental group People and Planet.

Podcast 19 SPECIAL FEATURE: Jews in Bristol – the book

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A ‘Special Feature’ presented by volunteer presenters Lisa Saffron and Madge Dresser.

Today in Bristol, there’s a Muslim population of around 30 000, most of them relatively recent arrivals to the city, having arrived over the last 50 years. This compares to a considerably smaller Jewish community of something around 1 000 alongside them in a city which is home to two synagogues and around a dozen mosques . (Click on these links for online tours of some of these local buildings from the local BBC website).

Not many people know the history of these communities here and very few realise that there’s a millenium’s worth of Jewish presence on the banks of the Avon River.

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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?

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).