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.

Podcast 7: Javed and Tal

A very busy 30 days featuring Hanukka, Christmas, New Year and the beginning of the Muslim year 1430 Al-Hijira. With global attention once again on the Middle East, we provide a timely reminder that fighting is not the only thing happening in today’s world. People are still talking, still interacting, still learning from each other. Recorded in December, it’s a bumper edition featuring more stories and some great music collected by our team in Bristol, UK. In these 100 minutes of unique intercultural dialogue, your co-hosts Javed and Tal are joined by:

-Ken Masters and Stefan Freedman to discuss how dancing brings people together with ‘Dancing Through Walls’,

– author Michael Morpurgo talks about his new book ‘The Mozart Question’,

– Holocaust survivor and human rights campaigner Hedy Epstein (part 2 of her interview with Peter Brill),

– Victoria Feltham’s ‘Stages’ slot features intercultural jazz collective The Berekah Project,

– in ‘Arabesque’, presenter Andy Roberts talks to one of the world’s few male belly dancers. There’s also music submitted by some of our listeners around the world, plus we feature new sounds from Jewish band Rockiah. Phew!

Podcast 6: Dove

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim friends! In this drama-centred podcast, Lisa Saffron interviews playwright Sheila Yeger about her newest work, Dove.

Dove is a short play with a message of peace. It’s set nowhere in particular but relevant everywhere.

Available as part of this podcast as a rehearsed reading, it was recorded at Radio Salaam Shalom and was directed by Roger Stennett with the part of ‘Joe’ played by Vincenzo Pellegrino, ‘Hanne’ played by Pameli Benham and ‘Meg’ Whelan as Salma.

Podcast 5: Shabs and P Show

Peter Brill and Shabana Kausar bring you the latest Muslim and Jewish news. This programme includes:

* contributions from the USA as Libby and Len Traubman’s ‘Living Room Dialogues’ share 6 stories of Muslim and Jewish co-operation from all around the world.

* Radio Salaam Shalom were at the mid-year launch of the UK Friends of the Abraham Foundation Initiatives (TAFI-UK) in London where the the local team outlined exciting plans to extend the profile of the inspiring work carried out by their Israel-based parent organisation. TAFI-UK Chairman Lawrence Kaye tells us more about what’s ahead.

* In ‘Stages’, Victoria Feltham talks about comedy musical duo GOOD FOR THE JEWS and gives a preview of a forthcoming tour from the UK’s leading Muslim-Jewish-Christian jazz collective, the Berakah Project. ‘

* Crossing Cultures’ co-presenters Kalsoom and Naomi share thoughts on the meaning of empathy with Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, a world authority in autism and professor of Psychopathology at Cambridge University.

* In the first part of an interview with holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein tells Peter Brill about how she was saved from the concentration camps as a young girl and escaped to start a new life away from the horrors of wartime Europe before experiencing the postwar realities for Jews and their new neighbours in the Middle East.

* Plus, DJ Phoenix and sidekick ‘Natural Bliss’ are ‘Kickin’ It Back’ with their take on the recent US elections and a look at how it connects with Jewish and Muslim communities in the US and around the world.

Podcast 4: CMJR Seminar

The Woolfe Institute of Abrahamic Faiths opened its Cambridge University-based Centre for Muslim and Jewish Relations at around the same time that Radio Salaam Shalom launched in early 2007.

Now the 2008 Cambridge Festival of Ideas has provided our two organisations with an excellent opportunity to work together for the first time.

Presented by Station Manager Kyle Hannan, this feature carries the full debate with the CMJR’s Dr Ed Kessler and Sheikh Michael Mumisa as they discuss “Jewish-Muslim Relations – The State of Play”, chaired by Salaam Shalom’s Madge Dresser.