Islam

#376      52 min 43 sec
Jihad and 'just war': Twisting the law on the way to the battlefield

Prof Naz Modirzadeh
Assoc Prof Andrew March

International law expert Prof Naz Modirzadeh and political scientist Assoc Prof Andrew March explore how the United States and other governments contort and stretch international and domestic laws to accommodate the waging of war on non-state Islamist forces, and how those forces themselves invoke Islamic law to justify their actions. Presented by Lynne Haultain.

#233      24 min 39 sec
Vested interests: What conditions create suicide bombers?

Prof Riaz Hassan

Sociologist Professor Riaz Hassan discusses the social and political environment that motivates some people to become suicide bombers. Riaz also explores whether there is a relationship between Islamism and terrorism. Presented by Jacky Angus.

#196      28 min 02 sec
Written in the sand: al-Qaeda and its prospects in the new Middle East

Dr Norman Cigar

Middle East security expert Dr Norman Cigar explains how al-Qaeda’s strategic goals and military posturing are communicated within the organization through its own publications. He also speaks on the challenges al-Qaeda faces in a fast evolving Middle East. With host Jacky Angus.

#193      22 min 36 sec
Freer and fairer: Nurturing political transparency in the Middle East

Charles W. Dunne

Charles W. Dunne, Director of Middle East and North Africa Programs for Freedom House, speaks about the efforts of his organisation and others like it to provide political education and training on the ground in the Middle East. With host Jacky Angus.

#191      22 min 38 sec
Blame it on their youth: Generational forces in an evolving Middle East

Prof Emma Murphy

Political economist Professor Emma Murphy examines the social conditions that confront young Arabs in the Middle East, and argues that the youth of today will ultimately remake and redefine the region. Presented by Jacky Angus.

#188      31 min 30 sec
Exiting autocracy: Democratic prospects and prerequisites in the new Middle East

Prof. George Joffé

Cambridge political scientist Professor George Joffé weighs the chances of representative government emerging in the Middle East, post "Arab Spring". With host Jacky Angus.

#181      25 min 42 sec
Mirages of influence: The US in the Middle East, post "Arab Spring"

Prof. Shahram Akbarzadeh

Political scientist Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh joins host Jacky Angus to talk about the changing geo-political environment confronting the United States in the Middle East, post "Arab Spring".

Episode 146      31 min 25 sec
Kashmir revisited: Untold stories and hard realities

Dr Christopher Snedden

Politico-strategy analyst Dr Christopher Snedden examines the decades-long Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan in light of new understanding of the conflict's origins. With host Elisabeth Lopez.

Episode 140      31 min 24 sec
A bullet for your thoughts: Recollections of persecution in Indonesia in the mid-1960s

Dr Kate McGregor

Historian Dr Kate McGregor revisits Indonesia's 30 September Movement, which resulted in the killings and persecution of 100,000s of Indonesians in the mid-1960s. Only in recent times have newly guaranteed freedoms of expression allowed survivors to openly recall their experiences of this defining moment in the country's not-too-distant past. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 139      28 min 59 sec
Muslim publics divided: Encounters with anti-pluralism in a democratic Indonesia

Prof Tim Lindsey
Dr M. Syafi'i Anwar

Indonesian law expert Professor Tim Lindsey discusses the apparent decline in religious pluralism in contemporary Indonesia against a backdrop of anything-goes press freedoms and laissez-faire officaldom. Also, liberal Muslim activist Dr M. Syafi’i Anwar recounts his experience at the hands of hardline Islamist groups,and the battle for the minds of ordinary Indonesians. With host Jennifer Cook.