Forthcoming

"Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another." author Toni Morrison (1931- 05.08.2019)

“If I tell the story, I control the version. Because if I tell the story, I can make you laugh, and I would rather have you laugh at me than feel sorry for me”; Nora Ephron, author/comedian

"Make your story count". Michelle Obama

"Social pain is understood through the lens of racial animus". Researcher/author Sean McElwee writing in Salon, 2016

"We are citizens, not subjects. We have the right to criticize government without fear."  Chelsea Manning; activist/whisleblower

“My father was a slave and my people died to build this country, and I’m going to stay right here and have a part of it, just like you, And no fascist minded people, like you, will drive me from it. Is that clear?” Paul Robeson; activist/singer

“We have a system of justice in this country that treats you much better if you're rich and guilty than if you're poor and innocent”. from civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson

“This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak today?” Frederick Douglass, WHAT TO THE SLAVE IS 4TH JULY? 07.05.1852 (full text in blog)

Senator Elizabeth Warren "We're a country that is built on our differences; that is our strength, not our weakness"

 

"We are more alike than we are different"v  Maya Angelou

As a Black writer, I was expected to accept the role of victim. That made it difficult in the beginning to be a writer.      James Baldwin

I often feel that there must have been something that I should’ve done that I didn’t do. But I can’t identify what it is that I didn’t do. That’s the first difficulty. And the second is, what makes you think you’re it?   

         Harry Belafonte, activist and singer at 89

 

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble; It's what you know for sure that just ainst so.

Mark Twain

 

You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.

Mary Tyler Moore

 

 You can’t defend Christianity by being against refugees and other religions

Pope Francis:

 

"I don't have to be what you want me to be". Muhammad Ali

"The Secret of Living Well and Longer: eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure"  attributed to Tibetan sources

Recent audio posts include interviews with Rumi interpreter Shahram Shiva, London-based author Aamer Hussein, South African Muslim scholar, professor Farid Esack, and Iraqi journalist Nermeen Al-Mufti's brief account of Kirkuk City history. Your comments on our blogs are always welcome.

 

Authors

Zaid Shlah poet

sound Sample "Comply" from Taqsim, read by Zaid Shlah 3:51
sound Sample speaking about Taqsim in music and poetry, with BN Aziz 6:15
Ghada Karmi
Palestinian writer, author of "Married to Another Man", and the memoir "In Search of Fatima", 2008 interview by S Malaika.
sound Sample 4:58
Yvonne Wakin Dennis
Arab/Native American author Dennis writes books for children on American Indian history. This is from her Dec 8/09 conversation with Reem Nasr.
sound Sample 5:00
Ahdaf Soueif
Novelist, author of ""Map of Love" (a Booker Prize finalist), and more recently a collection of essays "Mezzaterra:Fragments from the Common Ground" 2004.
A highly regarded literary figure based in London and Egypt, Soueif also frequently writes reviews and commentaries for The Guardian, London. Her other books include "Aisha, The Sandpiper", and "In the Eye of the Sun."

In the accompanying 1999 interview, Soueif talks with Barbara Nimri Aziz about writing "Map of Love."


sound Sample Soueif talks about her novel "Map of Love" with BN Aziz 6:08
Lisa Mohammed
New York based poet, Lisa Mohammed, author of two collections of poetry, also teches writing to young people in New York. The poem, "Is This A Test?", was performed in celebration of the release from prison of Brother Geronimo Ji JaJa.

sound Sample "Is This A Test?" 5:23
sound Sample Lisa Mohammed reads "I Am From" 4:57
Ghalib Halasa
Jordanian author; lived in exile in Egypt and Syria; died in Damascus 1991. This is a clip from a lengthy interview in Syria in 1990 by BN Aziz. After his death, an association was established in Jordan to honor his work.
sound Sample exiled Jordanian author and critic speaks with BN Aziz during their 1989 meeting in Damascus 3:30
sound Sample 5:47
Laila Lalami
author of "The Moor's Account", and before that "Secret Son", and "Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits"
Deema Shehabi

sound Sample 2006 interview and poems, with BN Aziz 5:37
Hanan al Shaykh author
Al-Shaykh speaks with BN Aziz about the release of the English translation of her mother's story, "The Locust and the Bird". Hear clips from our interview on RadioTahrir.
Labeebah Sabree
"Get Your Lips off My Dress", a poem by Labeebah
Etel Adnan
Artist and writer Etel Adnan is a poet, essayist and novelist, the author of numerous books. Her latest book "In the Heart of the Heart of Another Country" is published by City Lights.
sound Sample 'Arab Apocalypse', excerpt by the author 1:26
sound Sample Etel Adnan reading from 'The Indian Never Had A Horse' 00:42
sound Sample 2003 Interview; talking about Arab American literature 4:47
sound Sample "In the Heart of the Heart of Another Country"; a passage, recorded in 2006 2:32
sound Sample 2004 interview excerpt; Adnan and BN Aziz 5:34
Poet Rachida Mohammedi
Algerian based poet and translator Mohammedi, has published two collections of her poetry in Arabic. She also complied and translated into French, a collection of the work of Iraqi poets, written under embargo.

"Maraya" audio commentaries by R Mohammedi: In 2005, in New York, Mohammedi produced several Arabic language commentaries for WBAI Radio.
"Maraya 4: English summary"
sound Sample "Maraya" commentary by Rachida Mohammedi, Arabic 3:12
sound Sample Rachida Mohammedi reads from "Tears"; Arabic 2:25
sound Sample Maraya "Land Day" commentary. Arabic 3:35
sound Sample commentary on Martin Luther King Jr. by Rachida Mohammedi, Arabic 5:20
Dr. Salma Khadra Jayyusi

Dr. Jayyusi, director of PROTA, is editor of eight published anthologies of translations and collections of Arabic literature. Her most recent compilation Modern Arabic Fiction, was released in 2005.

In three 30 minute interviews with Tahrir, Jayyusi speaks about a range of issues in Arabic culture, history and literature.


sound Sample from Dr. Jayyusi 's interview about Arabic fiction 6:27
Mahmoud Darwish
5 poems, in Arabic; read by Darwish at various venues. Also hear Fady Joudah reading Darwish under our 'a poem, a song' section.
sound Sample "In Jerusalem" (Arabic) 3:23
sound Sample "The PineTree Has Broken" 2:26
sound Sample "The Beauties are the Beauties" 1:52
sound Sample "A Man and A Deer in the Garden" 3:02
sound Sample "She/He" 2:39
Nahid Rachlin
author of "Persian Girls" a memoir; host Saadia Aslam
sound Sample 4:48


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Poet Ali Anned; Soufi popular poetry from South Algeria

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poem Qur'an Surat Al-Laila
from 'Approaching the Qur'an' CD, male reciter

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Book review
G Willow Wilson's
The Butterfly Mosque
reviewed by BN Aziz.

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