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To the Best of Our Knowledge: When We Met

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In this hour, Moustafa Bayoumi is the author of How Does It Feel To Be A Problem? Being Young and Arab in America. He talks with Jim Fleming about how 9/11 caused him to feel like an outsider in his own country.

Next, Dilshad Ali is the US correspondent for IslamOnline dot net and former Islamic editor for Beliefnet dot com. She's a Muslim who grew up in Grand Forks, North Dakota. She talks about reading the Christian-influenced Narnia tales to her children.

Then, Alaa Al Aswany reads from his novel, Chicago, and talks with Steve Paulson about it. Al Aswany is one of the top-selling novelists in the Arab world, but because copyright protections are weak there, he still works part-time as a dentist. He says this keeps him in touch with the people. He firmly rejects political Islam.

After that, Michael Muhammed Knight wrote a novel called The Taqwacores. He made up the word: taqwa is Arabic for piety and core means hardcore. Since the book came out, it's sparked a punk movement, a documentary and a full length feature film. Anne Strainchamps talked with Knight about how an Irish Catholic kid became an observant Muslim at age 16, and about the effects of his novel on other young Muslims.

Following that, Kurt Westergaard is the Danish cartoonist who depicted the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb in his turban in a Danish newspaper in 2005. Riots ensued all over the world and a death fatwa was issued against Westergaard. He describes his situation to Steve Paulson and feels that within the Danish tradition of humor and free speech, he did nothing wrong.

Also, until January 20 of this year, Swiss philosopher Tariq Ramadan was banned from the United States. His admirers consider him one of the top Muslim reformers. He says Westerners should consider the opinions of the silent majority of Muslims, not the noisy minority. [Broadcast Date: April 8, 2011]

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