Who Speaks for Islam? gives the opportunity to hear rarely-heard Muslim voices, including Shaykh Muhammad Tantawi, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the first prominent Shaykh to speak out against Bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks. Video pieces from the Middle East are interwoven throughout the program to give viewers a political and cultural context.
A Link TV original production that explores Islam in an age when Muslim extremists are laying claim to the religion. Veteran NPR and PBS journalist, Ray Suarez, hosts a provocative roundtable discussion with American Muslim scholars and, via satellite, Mike Scheuer (AKA “Anonymous”), author of Imperial Hubris and a former CIA expert who has followed fundamentalist Islamic movements for a decade.
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Founder of the Zaytuna Institute, a center of Islamic education in California. Shaykh Hamza has an international following through his television program, Rihla (Journey) on the Middle East Broadcast Corporation (MBC) based in Dubai, UAE.
Hatem Bazian, Ph.D, is a lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Bazian hosts Islam Today on KPFA radio and has translated multiple texts and fatwas into English.
Aminah McCloud, Ph.D, Chairperson of the Islamic World Studies Program at DePaul University in Chicago. She is one of ten African American professors in Islamic Studies in the United States.
Souheila Al-Jadda, a journalist and writer about Islam and the Middle East. Her articles have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, Dallas Morning News and the San Jose Mercury News.
Funding provided by The Rockefeller Brothers Fund.