The central religious text of Islam
Pastors Robert Baltodano and Lloyd Pulley Question Timestamps: Andy, NY (3:11) - Are children born without sin? Maria, NJ (6:40) - Was Moses's second wife, the Cushite woman, a black woman? Dennis, NJ (9:46) - In Numbers 16, was Koran related to Moses? Joe, HI (14:17) - If a deacon's child gets someone pregnant out of wedlock, should the deacon step down from ministry? James, NJ (16:41) - What is the best approach to practically applying the word of God to real life? Mary, MS (19:06) - Will people be able to be saved during the tribulation time? Janet, IL (22:20) - Is there a Bible for Dummies? Jeff, FL (24:28) - Could it be that the woman at the well's previous five husbands died? Aaron, NJ (33:45) - Why do the accounts in 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles, about David numbering the men, have different numbers as their results? What happens to the Jewish people that have yet to receive Jesus as their Messiah? Joe, NJ (41:05) - Can you give me some verses in the Bible that speak on why women shouldn't be pastors? David, NJ (45:23) - Why does Christianity keep perpetuating “race,” when Acts 17:26 says that all people come from one man? Orlando, NY (50:51) - In 1 Kings 19:11 it says “God was not in the earthquake,” does that mean God has nothing to do with earthquakes? How do you respond to people that blame God for earthquakes? Are earthquakes caused by evil? Questions? 888-712-7434 Questions@bbtlive.org
In this discussion we go over chapter 37 of the Holy Koran of the Moorish Science Temple of America. If you are in Central Ohio visit our website: http://www.MoorishAmericans.com Speaking on the Divine Warning for the Nations from the Prophet and Chapter XXXVII of the Holy Koran of the MSTA and how it relates to us today. Chapters 36-44: Knowledge of Self --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/moorish-americans/support
MI5 says they are 'profoundly sorry' for not stopping the Manchester arena bombing, Constance Marten and Mark Gordon charged with gross negligence manslaughter after the body of a baby is found, 'Get heavy with police,' Matt Hancock told ministers to enforce lockdown, Boris Johnson says he will find it 'very difficult' to vote for Sunak's new Brexit deal, 'Abhorrent' drag cabaret shows for babies features men in heels and bondage and pupils receive death threats after a copy of the Koran was damaged at school.
Dr. Carl Goldberg became seriously interested in Islam after 9/11's hijackers were reported to quote the Koran for justification. What God could justify such an act of murdering 3000 innocent Americans? He studied the Koran and other Moslem works. He has made it his duty to educate America on the impact of the jihad against the Western world, and all non-Muslems. In 2014 Dr. Goldberg was honored as one of America's leading “Islamophobes by the Council on American Islamic Relations. We'll discuss Islamic threats to Freedom quotes about Moslem and peace from their own writings contact Dr. Goldberg @ IdeologyofIslam@cox.net
The Koran controversy, the Windsor Framework and the Lockdown Files… Tom Slater, Fraser Myers and Rakib Ehsan discuss. Read spiked: https://www.spiked-online.com/ Become a spiked supporter: https://www.spiked-online.com/supporters/ Sign up to spiked's newsletters: https://www.spiked-online.com/newsletters/ Check out spiked's shop: https://www.spiked-online.com/shop/ Related articles: Tom Slater: When a Wakefield boy brought a Koran to school https://www.spiked-online.com/2023/02/27/when-a-wakefield-boy-brought-a-koran-to-school/ Brendan O'Neill: Sorry, but this does not restore British sovereignty https://www.spiked-online.com/2023/02/28/sorry-but-this-does-not-restore-british-sovereignty/ Fraser Myers: How Matt Hancock abandoned care homes to Covid https://www.spiked-online.com/2023/03/01/how-matt-hancock-abandoned-care-homes-to-covid/
Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael
On this edition of Parallax Views, David Metcalfe, Santa Muerte researcher and Editor-in-Chief of Threshold: Journal of Interdisciplinary Consciousness Studies, joins us for a long, jam-packed discussion of the Morbid Anatomy online course he is teaching with Dr. Diana Pasulka entitled "Your Waking Nightmare: Exploring the UFO Through the Lens of Horror and Techno-Realism". The course will take a media studies approach that delves into understanding the phenomena of Unidentified Flying Object, or Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, by way of the themes explored in the horror genre. It will also feature guest speakers Amanda M. Radcliffe, the occult and ritual witchcraft advisor for the Nicolas Cage-starring H.P. Lovecraft movie The Color Out of Space, and Whitley Streiber, the world's most famous claimed alien abductee and a former horror author whose novels like The Hunger and Wolfen set him up to be a successor for Stephen King before he became famous in regards to the UFO/alien abduction subject. This isn't necessarily a conversation about believing in the UFO phenomena or being skeptical of it, but rather what the horror genre can say about people who claim to have "paranormal" experiences and perhaps even what these experiencers can say about themes touched upon in horror that relate to philosophical and social issues. Among the topics discussed in the course of this conversation: - Whitley Streiber and his career as a horror author; his alien abduction memoir Communion (originally set to be titled, interestingly enough, Body Horror) and it's dealing with subject like the Self vs. the Other (and bridging the gap between the two); filmmaker Phillipe Mora's movie adaptation of Communion; Whitley Streiber and psychological/physical trauma; Whitley Streiber's relationship with William S. Burroughs - UFO researcher Jacques Vallee and Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind; Valle served as the basis for the Francois Truffaut character in Close Encounters of the Third Kind; creatives who don't necessarily believe in the UFO phenomena taking an interest in the subject - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (or The Texas Chain Saw Massacre as it was released) and it's invocation of astrology ("Saturn in Retrograde) that arguably adds a cosmic horror element to the story - The horror genre and catharsis; David's college horror binge that included a diet of Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento, and movies like Wes Craven's Last House on the Left (and why David pulled back on watching those movies before returning to them for the course) - Lucio Fulci's The Beyond, Don Coscarelli's Phantasm, and hell/other dimensions depicted in film; horror movies and ritual experience; Kenneth Anger's perspective on cinema - The art of the jump scare; the visceral nature of the horror genre; the intersection between horror and comedy - The Travis Walton alien abduction case and the movie depiction of it in the police-procedural-turned-full-on-horror-in-the-third-act Fire in the Sky; the depiction of alien abductions in cinema; intentional artificiality and theatricality in Phillipe Mora's Communion starring Christopher Walken as Whitley Streiber; Communion vs. Fire in the Sky and the ways in which Communion portrays the alien abduction experience in a stranger, harder-to-grasp way - Lovecraft, the encounter with the unknown in horror, and the inability to adequately express/fully comprehend alleged anomalous experiences - Clive Barker's 1987 cult classics Hellraiser, reframing the concept of the alien/extraterrestrial, and interdimensional beings; Alien amorality in Hellraiser; Cliver Barker's Cabal (later made into the movie Nightbreed) and sympathy for the Other; exploration of the anomalous rather than belief in the anomalous; the occult-tinged industrial music project Coil, led by Jhonn Balance and Peter Christopherson, and Hellraiser; Hellraiser, the BDSM underground, and the Barker's The Hellbound Heart as a dark fairytale/dark romance exploring what loves means and is - The dark portrayal of psychology in Nightbreed, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors - The late psychiatrist Dr. John E. Mack, professor and the head of the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and his perspective on alien abductions; Mack's desire to understand the alien abduction through, among other things, Eastern spirituality; how John Mack's approach to alien abduction differs from other alien abduction believers such as Budd Hopkins or David Jacobs; how alien abductions and how they are understood in popular culture are forced in a a specific narrative to the preclusion of all else - Different cultural perspectives on UFOs: Christian evangelical and charismatic Christianity narratives about UFOs; Islam and exorcisms; Muslims who believe UFOs can be warded off by the Koran; the use of exorcism in the Santa Muerte tradition; occult rocket scientist Jack Parson, occultist Aleister Crowley, Parsons' love Marjorie Cameron's UFO experience (interestingly, Cameron appeared in a Kenneth Anger movie), and the Aeon of Horus - Albert K. Bender, the first notable case of someone who claims to have had Men in Black encounters, and his interest in the horror genre and pop occultism - Demonic possession narratives; The Exorcist; charismatic Christians and Pentecostals in relation to exorcisms; grocery store grimoires and ritual magick's connection to the tradition of exorcism; exorcism in various religions; Catholicism and exorcism; the mediation of these topics in popular culture - The concept of techno-realism; virtual worlds and virtual reality; David Cronenberg's eXistenz and the UFO experience; hallucination and reality in Nightmare on Elm Street 3; the real life inspiration for A Nightmare on Elm Street and parallels to the alien abduction experience - Revulsion to the extraordinary and anomalous as well as longing for the extraordinary and anomalous in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 and Hellraiser - The media and anomalous experiences - The Natalie Portman-starring adaptation of Jeff Vander Meer's weird fiction tale Annihilation; The Color Out of Space and the desire for experiences beyond the normal comprehension of existence; transcendental experience in The Color Out of Space; horror and union in The Color Out of Space; the ultimate other as both beautiful and horrifying; the Necronomicon and ritual magick - Techno-realism and John Carpenter's They Live; parallels between They Live and Robert Anton Wilson's fnords in The Illuminatus Trilogy - Tobe Hooper's Invaders from Mars remake; paranoia and fear in the films of Tobe Hooper; Tobe Hooper's Stephen King adaptation Salem's Lot and it's parallels to Invasion of the Body Snatcher and it's marketing as a vampire story; the character of Mr. Barlow in Salem's Lot; Tobe Hooper's apocalyptic alien vampire movie Lifeforce - Druids, ritual witchcraft, synchronicity, and apocalypticism in Halloween III: Season of the Witch; the weirdness of John Carpenter's religious-apocalypse-meets-quantum-physics-meets-time-travelers-meets-aliens movie Prince of Darkness; Prince of Darkness's "broadcasts" which act as premonitions transmitted through the characters dreams - The British horror anthology The House That Dripped Blood and why it will be taught in the course; Jacques Tourneur's Curse of the Demon and expectations around anomalous experiences - Horror and philosophy; Eugene Thacker's In the Dust of This Planet; the late cultural theorist Mark Fisher and the eerie - And more!
Madlik Podcast – Torah Thoughts on Judaism From a Post-Orthodox Jew
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on Clubhouse on February 16th 2023. We continue our discussion of Sinai with a focus on the negative aspects foreshadowed even at the climactic moment of revelation. We survey the Rabbinic tradition as preserved in our texts and surprisingly in the Koran. Finally we wonder whether Israel and God have entered into a relationship at Sinai that neither one can resist? Sefaria Source Sheet: https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/467460 Transcript on episode website: https://madlik.com/2023/02/15/shadows-of-sinai-cont/
It's Tuesday, January 31st, A.D. 2023. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at www.TheWorldview.com. I'm Adam McManus. (Adam@TheWorldview.com) By Kevin Swanson Pakistan eager to punish Christians who disagree with Muhammed On January 17th, the Pakistan National Assembly expanded the blasphemy statutes to extend to an insult of Muhammed's wives, Muhammed's family members, and Muhammed's acquaintances. The punishments for these crimes were increased from 3 years to 10 years in prison, along with a fine of $4,314. Muhammed is not considered a god by Islam, but only a human being who was supposed to have spoken prophetically and authored the Koran. Taliban suicide bombing kills 59 Pakistanis In other Pakistan-related news, the Taliban is claiming responsibility for a suicide bomb attack upon Pakistani police yesterday in Peshawar. The explosion killed 59 people, including 27 police officials. The radical Islamic group is upset over Pakistan's partnership with the U.S. in the war against terrorism. Dishonorable: Afghanistan, Fulani Muslim militants, & Iran's Ali Khamene And now this. International Christian Concern has issued their Dishonorable Distinction “Awards” for the persecution of Christians in the Year of our Lord 2022. According to their list, Afghanistan is the worst country for persecuting Christians, the Fulani Muslim militants are the worst entity on earth, and Iran's Ali Khamenei is the worst individual for the torture and persecution of Christians. Atheist scientists consider Christian colleagues dumb No surprise here. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Ohio found that scientists who are atheistic or agnostic in their worldview consider their colleagues who believe in God as less intelligent. The authors of the study claim the bias is based in the proposition that religion and science are in conflict. But true wisdom from Psalm 14:1-3 states that “The fool has said in his heart: ‘There is no God.' … The Lord looks down from Heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside. They have together become corrupt.” Most desirable vs. least desirable states The survey is in for the most undesirable states in the U.S. since the COVID-19 pandemic was announced. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, people are moving out of the generally expensive, left-wing states —New York, Illinois, Louisiana, California, Hawaii, and Oregon. West Virginia appears to be neither, but is on the list nonetheless. And the most aggressive population growth areas in the U.S. are the right-wing states of Idaho, Montana, Florida, Utah, South Carolina, Texas, Arizona, and South Dakota. Florida legislature considers concealed carry without permit Florida legislators have floated a bill that would allow concealed carry of firearms without a permit. Should the bill pass into law, Florida would become the 26th state that allows citizens to carry their guns without a permit or what some have dubbed “constitutional carry.” U.S. General believes America will be at war with China by 2025 A U.S. 4-star Air Force General issued a memo instructing his troops to prepare for war with China which he estimates will happen in 2025. He believes that China will move on Taiwan. In the memo, first uncovered by NBC News, General Mike Minihan announced he would require his commanders to report to him on preparations for what he calls “the China fight” by February 28, 2023. Franklin Graham: Beating of Memphis man was cruel, unjust, and evil Christian leaders are responding to the alleged police brutality case that took the life of Tyre Nichols in Memphis, Tennessee two weeks ago. Franklin Graham took to Facebook and said, “What happened to Tyre Nichols should never have happened—it was cruel, unjust, and evil. Our hearts break for his family. ... The heinous actions of these five officers does not mean that people should start talking about defunding the police. On the contrary, it means just the opposite. We need more funding and support for law enforcement for better training, vetting, hiring, and increasing salaries so we will have the best of the best. God help us.” As The Worldview reported yesterday, the 29-year-old man, made in the image of God, was allegedly beaten to death by five police officers on a routine traffic stop. Nichols had no criminal record. In 2021, 472 U.S. cops killed in line of duty A report from The Lancet revealed that the number of deaths per year by police action increased from 700 per year to 1,200 year between 1980 and 2018. That's an overall rate increase of 0.25 per 100,000 to 0.34 per 100,000. But let's not forget that each year hundreds of law enforcement officers are killed in the line of duty. Between 1980 and 2020, the number of police officers killed per year remained between 130 and 200. Since 2020, that number has more than doubled. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund registers a record 472 officers were killed in the line of duty in 2021. Luke 3:14 says, “Likewise the soldiers asked John the Baptist, ‘What shall we do?' So, he said to them, ‘Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be content with your wages.'” Eighth anniversary of The Worldview One last thing. February will commemorate the eighth year of The Worldview in 5 Minutes which first aired on February 25th, 2015. Close And that's The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Tuesday, January 31st, in the year of our Lord 2023. Subscribe by iTunes or email to our unique Christian newscast at www.TheWorldview.com. Or get the Generations app through Google Play or The App Store. I'm Adam McManus (Adam@TheWorldview.com). Seize the day for Jesus Christ.
In the latest episode of our Sweden in Focus podcast, host Paul O'Mahony is joined by panelists Emma Löfgren, Richard Orange and Becky Waterton, as well as special guest Andreas Cervenka, author of the award winning Girig-Sverige, or Greedy Sweden.On this week's episode we dissect Sweden's stalled Nato application and who's behind the Koran-burning stunt that prompted Turkey to postpone the ratification process indefinitely. How did a far-right extremist derail Sweden's Nato application?Previous podcast: Why Sweden experienced its worst riots in decadesWe discuss the Swedish housing market in a Scandinavian perspective and how it has led to the emergence of a property-related A Team and B Team in Sweden. IN CHARTS: How bad is the situation in Scandinavian housing markets?We talk about this week's layoffs at Spotify and what you can do if you lose your job in Sweden.Spotify cuts 6 percent of workforceEverything you need to know if you lose your job in SwedenWhat happens to your Swedish work permit if you lose your job?In the latest of our interviews with ambassadors, we get insights from New Zealand's Andrew Jenks on everything from the internationalization of Sweden to its position as a 'moral superpower'.Finally we enlist the help of our guest Andreas Cervenka to find out how Sweden became a billionaires' paradise over the course of just a couple of decades.Ten terrifying stats about Sweden from the hit book Girig-Sverige Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Wie erkläre ich’s meinem Kind? (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung FAZ)
Für die Muslime beginnt Ramadan in diesem Jahr am Abend des 22. März. Von Sonnenauf- bis Sonnenuntergang ist nicht nur Essen und Trinken untersagt. Warum der Fastenmonat trotzdem eine feierliche und fröhliche Zeit ist.
On this Washington Roundtable episode of the Defense & Aerospace Report Podcast, sponsored by Bell, our guests are Dov Zakheim, PhD, former DoD comptroller, now with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Dr. Patrick Cronin of the Hudson Institute, Jim Townsend, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Europe and NATO who is now with the Center for a New American Security and Michael Herson of American Defense International. Topics: — Deliberations to avoid a US debt default as worries mount over full-year continuing resolution and prospect of defense cuts — New committee leadership assignments and members, as well as move by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to oust three prominent Democrats from panels — Washington approves M1 tanks for Ukraine, clearing the way for Germany to export Leopards — Concern that Russia might capture US M1s prompts Army to seek new build tanks without top secret armor protection rather than pull existing vehicles from inventory — What the public wrangling over weapons for Ukraine signals, and whether the alliance is still moving too slowly to equip Kyiv as Moscow prepares another offensive — Implications of White House move to designate Russia's Wagner mercenary group as transnational terror organization — Turkey vows to block Sweden from joining NATO after man burns copy of Koran in from of Turkey's embassy in Stockholm, complicating Sweden and Finland's accession as Budapest signals reluctance to support the alliance's expansion — What it will take to win over Ankara and Budapest — NATO Secretary General visits South Korea and Japan as US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin prepares to visit Seoul and Manila — Update on AUKUS effort to equip Australia with nuclear powered submarines as AUKMIN convenes — Palestinians stage mass demonstrations in wake of Israeli raid on suspected militants that killed nine
Der dänische Rechtsextremist Rasmus Paludan hat am Wochenende vor der türkischen Botschaft in Stockholm einen Koran angezündet – und so den Konflikt zwischen der Türkei und Schweden noch einmal verschärft. Neben Ungarn ist die Türkei der einzige Nato-Staat, der den Beitritt Schwedens blockiert. Warum das so ist und welche Auswirkungen der Vorfall in Stockholm auf die Beitrittsverhandlungen haben könnte – darüber spricht Erica Zingher mit dem freien Journalisten Issio Ehrich. Dienstag vor einem Jahr fand die erste Aktion der Letzten Generation statt. Anlässlich dieses Jahrestags haben die Klimaaktivistinnen und -aktivisten bei einer Pressekonferenz angekündigt, ihren Protest ab dem 6. Februar auf ganz Deutschland auszuweiten. Die Außenministerinnen und -minister der Europäischen Union sind am heutigen Montag in Brüssel zusammengekommen, um über ein neues Sanktionspaket gegen den Iran zu beraten. Was noch? Eine Initiative will die Geschichten von 17,5 Millionen Opfern des Nationalsozialismus online zugänglich machen. (https://everynamecounts.arolsen-archives.org/). Moderation und Produktion: Erica Zingher (https://www.zeit.de/autoren/Z/Erica_Zingher/index) Redaktion: Elise Landschek (https://www.zeit.de/autoren/L/Elise_Landschek/index) Mitarbeit: Clara Löffler Fragen, Kritik, Anregungen? Sie erreichen uns unter email@example.com. Weitere Links zur Folge: Nato-Beitritt: Türkischer Verteidigungsminister lädt schwedischen Kollegen aus (https://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2023-01/schweden-natobeitritt-tuerkei-konflikt) Treffen der Nato-Außenminister: Erdorban sagt Nein (https://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2022-12/nato-aussenminister-treffen-bukarest-5vor8) Thema: Letzte Generation (https://www.zeit.de/thema/letzte-generation) Iran: EU setzt weitere Iraner auf Sanktionsliste (https://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2023-01/eu-aussenministertreffen-iran-sanktionen) Iran: Die Macht der Garden (https://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2023-01/iran-proteste-revolutionsgarde-terrorliste-eu)
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In this finale of our limited series “Oppressed Mother,” hear how Mihrigul Tursun fought the PRC, and how her government demanded she relinquish her Egyptian citizenship or have her family in China imprisoned. Impossible choices a mother, daughter, sister, victim, must face.At the cost of family reunification, Mihrigul testified through translators to Congress. Not only can she never return to her homeland, she is raising her living children alone and apart from her husband who is forced into hiding, all while contesting state led propaganda denying her trauma and that of millions more Uyghurs.Tune in at 6pm EST to learn the rest of her story and how to help a single mother who has survived unimaginable trauma maintain hope and get justice. Share our Shownotes with friends as they are FULL of calls to action to make “Never again” more than just a quote for the history books. May all our mothers and children live in peace and safety across the globe.Read her full story Place of No Return: How I Survived China's Uyghur Campsby Andrea C. Hoffman and Mihrigul TursunTell your Senator to pass Uyghur Policy ActBecome an advocate and use these premade tools and resources to ACT NOW and save Uyghurs from continued genocide. “Never again” is NOW.Donate to support displaced Uyghur Muslims in TurkeySign up for FUYC in Dallas this February: https://mommyingwhilemuslim.com/fuyc-retreats Website: https://mommyingwhilemuslim.com/ FB: Mommying While Muslim page and Mommyingwhilemuslim groupIG: @mommyingwhilemuslimpodcastYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrrdKxpBdBO4ZLwB1kTmz1wSupport the showWeb: www.mommyingwhilemuslim.comEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgFB: Mommying While Muslim page and Mommyingwhilemuslim groupIG: @mommyingwhilemuslimpodcastYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrrdKxpBdBO4ZLwB1kTmz1w
Publication date 2013-10-19 The Leviathan Spell, or the Spell of Kingu is an evil hypnotic spell cast upon the Nubian people(Ptahites Ethiopian-Kuwshites) everywhere called ‘KINGU'. KINGU is ‘The Spell of Sleep' (of the subconscious mind) or what is commonly known as ‘The Spell of Leviathan' which is enforced through religious propaganda that promotes scriptures such as the Bible and Koran, as undisputable sacred books. Religion itself, is a spell. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/3rdeyevizion/message
Today, anthropology scholar Elijah Fanon joins us to discuss the rich history of Morocco. A very special episode where we go through over 3000 years of history of a beautiful country. Show Notes0:01:11 - The Geography of Morocco0:02:00 - First Recorded Human life - 300,000 years ago.0:04:11 - Mitochondrial Eve 0:04:38 - First Sign of Civilization in Morocco0:05:21 - Amazigh Kingdom of Mauretania - During the Roman Times0:07:15 - When did Islam Come to Morocco?0:10:31 - Ibn Khaldoun0:16:00 - The Fall of the Umayyad Empire0:17:59:00 - Almoravid Empire0:20:20- The Red City of Morocco0:23:48 - Almohad Caliphate: The first non-Arab Caliphate0:26:10 - The Islamic Golden Age0:26:29 - The First University - Fatima Al Fihri0:28:15 - The Koran and the Scientific Method0:29:00 - The Alaween Dynasty in Morocco and how they kept power for over 500+ years0:32:00 - The Ottoman Empire 0:34:10 - Sayyida al-Hurra - The Female Pirate of North Africa0:36:10 - Esha approve of Robbing of Colonizers. 0:36:53 - Pirates and the Slavetrade0:38:46 - The First Friendship Treaty with the USA0:41:49 - World War 1 and Morocco0:46:17 - Rebellion in Fez0:47:10 - Rif and the Independence Movement0:48:11 - The Istiqlal Party0:50:56 - From Black to Gray0:55:23 - How the King of Morocco Protected all the Jews During Vichy France0:57:42 - The Birth of the Marxist Leninist Movement in Morocco1:00:10 - Operation Gladio (Morocco Edition)1:06:27 - The Arab Spring in Morocco1:07:04 -Belt and Road Initiative and China in Morocco1:10:54 - Western SaharaOther AnnouncementsJoin our weekly callin today at 12:30 PM Eastern TimeLit with Lenin at 12:00 Pm Eastern on Monday, Jan 16 Get full access to Historic.ly at www.historicly.net/subscribe
Trigger warning: tortureMihrigul Tursun, Chinese citizen, recounts her journey out of China to higher education and global awareness: now she was surrounded by donkeys instead of chickens! Outside the PRC she also experienced her Islamic awakening, which would end up costing her freedom and threaten her children's lives. Something as simple as what she newly wore on her head identified her as the “other” in the PRC, and landed her in a concentration camp. That's not what they're called by any media, Chinese or otherwise. They're called “re-education centers.”She recounts her torture by the PRC and the conditions of her release. What she saw behind the walls of these centers is beyond our imaginations. It's mind blowing to think that any government could sell her limited options as choices, laced with threat and death, to barter her release to civilian society. Only it wasn't, as all of her limited civil liberties in the PRC, were shrunken further just because she was Muslim.Tune in to hear her story in her own words at 6pm EST on Apple podcasts or Stitcher (both on your phones already!), Amazon Music, ask Alexa, or go directly to our website and catch up on this limited series. Don't forget to read the Shownotes on our website for personal and professional accounts of genocide in the PRC, as well as how you can help right now. Read her full story Place of No Return: How I Survived China's Uyghur Campsby Andrea C. Hoffman and Mihrigul TursunRead The War on the Uyghurs: China's Internal Campaign against a Muslim Minority by Dr. Sean R. RobertsLearn more from Dr. RobertsLearn more from Uyghur TribunalDonate to support displaced Uyghur Muslims in TurkeySign up for FUYC in Dallas this February: https://mommyingwhilemuslim.com/fuyc-retreats Website: https://mommyingwhilemuslim.com/ FB: Mommying While Muslim page and Mommyingwhilemuslim groupIG: @mommyingwhilemuslimpodcastYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrrdKxpBdBO4ZLwB1kTmz1wSupport the showWeb: www.mommyingwhilemuslim.comEmail: email@example.comFB: Mommying While Muslim page and Mommyingwhilemuslim groupIG: @mommyingwhilemuslimpodcastYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrrdKxpBdBO4ZLwB1kTmz1w
We launch our special limited Oppressed Mother Series: Uyghur Muslim Mom featuring Mihrigul Tursun, a witness and victim of genocide being waged against civilian Uyghur Muslims in the People's Republic of China. Learn the history of the Uyghurs in PRC, political developments that created a soft crackdown of Muslim citizens of the country, and in a sad twist of irony, the idyllic memories of her childhood village that Mihrigul recounts. Tune in to tonight's episode and don't worry…..we continue her story next week. Share this episode link with friends who can help make a difference for civil liberties of ALL people.Read her full story Place of No Return: How I Survived China's Uyghur Campsby Andrea C. Hoffman and Mihrigul TursunRead The War on the Uyghurs: China's Internal Campaign against a Muslim Minority by Dr. Sean R. RobertsLearn more from Dr. RobertsLearn more from Uyghur TribunalDonate to support displaced Uyghur Muslims in TurkeySign up for FUYC in Dallas this February: https://mommyingwhilemuslim.com/fuyc-retreats Website: https://mommyingwhilemuslim.com/ FB: Mommying While Muslim page and Mommyingwhilemuslim groupIG: @mommyingwhilemuslimpodcastYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrrdKxpBdBO4ZLwB1kTmz1wSupport the showWeb: www.mommyingwhilemuslim.comEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgFB: Mommying While Muslim page and Mommyingwhilemuslim groupIG: @mommyingwhilemuslimpodcastYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrrdKxpBdBO4ZLwB1kTmz1w
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Wie die Taliban Religion verstehen, widerspricht dem erkennbar frauenfreundlichen Geist des Koran, erklärt Ahmad Milad Karimi. Der Professor für Kalam, Islamische Philosophie und Mystik fordert die Muslime auf, die Taliban religiös zu isolieren.Ein Einwurf von Ahmad Milad Karimiwww.deutschlandfunkkultur.de, Politisches FeuilletonDirekter Link zur Audiodatei
"There is but one issue for them to be recognized by this government and of the earth and it comes only through the connection of the Moorish Divine National Movement, which is incorporated in this government and recognized by all other nations of the world." - Noble Drew Ali, Divine Warning Holy Day meeting of the Moorish Science Temple of America, Moslem Mission 30 in Columbus, Ohio speaking on Chapter 48 and Chapter 3 of the Holy Koran on 12-16-22. We've gone through the entire Koran a couple of times and recorded it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTW1Ktiztqg&list=PLRxNrPxCZqtwT_khUQQ7EqadHUkyD-Urr The Koran Questionnaire here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jsu_ttz1p9k&list=PLRxNrPxCZqtwK_5n6CWzYVFVm3jnIw4Y1 Visit our website www.MoorishAmericans.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/moorish-americans/support
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By age 14 he was reading Shakespeare and searching for heroes, when he stumbled across the name ‘Isa,' the Arabic name for Jesus in the Koran. “I read the name of Jesus and became curious,” he says. “The Lord reached me right in the mosque.” When he asked the priest about Jesus, he was told that Moses and Jesus were brothers. When he asked how to find out more, they told him to find ‘The Book of Isa.' “Nobody had ever heard of a Bible.” Taimoor searched for a ‘Book of Isa' for two years. The post Episode 17 – John Taimoor – His encounter with Jesus began in the mosque first appeared on God Reports.
This episode of A365 will discuss religious acceptance in the workplace and how we can all recognize various faiths in a respectful and inclusive way. Isabel Wong (Hong Kong) will lead the conversation with Eboo Patel, Founder and President of Interfaith America to address understanding and embracing different religious identities in the workplace, and how people and organizations can be more inclusive and supportive of diverse religions around the globe. Authentic 365 – Faith at Work Isabel Wong [00:00:00] Hi, I'm Isabel Wong with Edelman, currently based in Hong Kong. Now for this episode we are going to have a deep dive into the topics of religious acceptance, best practices in the workplace for interfaith dialog, and how religious identities are very much part of the broader diversity and inclusion conversation. And joining me for this conversation is Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith America. Eboo is also a former faith advisor to President Barack Obama. So, Eboo, thank you so much for joining us from Chicago. It's great to have you with us on the show. Eboo Patel [00:00:40] Isabel, it's great to be with you. Thank you for having me. Isabel Wong [00:00:43] Thanks for joining us. Now, before we kick start the deep dive conversation, in order to set the scene right, I would like to have you help us understand and give us a brief introduction to our international audience about the work that you do at Interfaith America. Eboo Patel [00:01:01] Sure. So about 25 years ago, I founded an organization called Interfaith Youth Core. Actually founded it when I was a graduate student at Oxford University. And we ran programs all over the world. And the big idea was that, we should, it was going to strengthen the global fabric to bring young people from different religious identities together, to discuss the shared values between their faiths and to act on those positive values like compassion and hospitality and service. As the organization developed, we rooted it in the country in which I'm a citizen of the United States, even though I was born in India and educated in part at Oxford. I'm an American citizen. I've grown up here. I feel most comfortable in this culture and the organization as we would have here in the big idea of the organization whose name is now Interfaith America, but which started as Interfaith Youth Core, is that religious diversity can be a great strength of a nation in a world if faith is a bridge of cooperation and not a barrier of division or a bludgeon of domination. That's the case at city level, at the national level, and certainly also at the company level. And I'm excited to talk to you, Isabelle, about how positively and proactively engaging religious diversity can strengthen the fabric at both Edelman and for Edelman's clients. Isabel Wong [00:02:27] Mm hmm. Yeah, I do very much look forward to our discussion as well. And I know that for this conversation, we are going to touch on the concept of religious diversity and also religious acceptance. So I just want to get your help to help our audience understand the concept of religious acceptance as well. And why is this so important? Eboo Patel [00:02:48] Sure. So so religious diversity is just a fact of our world and a fact of most nations in the world. Meaning that there are people from different religious identities who are living in close quarters together, whether that's in the United States or in India or Brazil or Australia or the United Kingdom or Morocco or South Africa. Anywhere in the world you have people from different religions living together, working together, studying together, playing on sports leagues together, etc.. We don't talk about religious acceptance at Interfaith America because we don't ask people from one religion to accept the doctrine of another religion. It's not about acceptance. It's about cooperation. The idea is not that that Muslims who believe that Jesus is a prophet of God, but not the son of God, should accept the Christian doctrine about Jesus. The idea is that Muslims and Christians should cooperate positively. So we speak of religious diversity, should give rise to interfaith cooperation where faith is a bridge and not a barrier. Isabel Wong [00:03:58] Yeah, I do very much agree with that as well. And the very foundation of it is also fostering a sense of, you know, ability to appreciate spiritual values, beliefs and faith based practices. You know, there are different from opposed by removing prejudices and stereotypes, which is very much the kind of work that you do also. And it requires mutual respect. Now, I would like to take a deeper dive into embracing religious diversity at work, because obviously when it comes to this topic, a lot of people would just be thinking, how can we really do that? And for authentic 365 this podcast, the kind of conversations that we create, are all about how can one really bring oneself authentically to work. And in our view, one must also feel comfortable to show all sides of himself or herself that includes one's religious identity, because religion is very much an essential part of personal and community identity. So. Eboo, from your perspective, should we speak about our religion, our faith at work? And if so, what is an authentic way to approach it? Eboo Patel [00:05:10] Sure. So, Isabel, I'm in a slightly adapt the question, and I'm going to say that I think it's important for any company, for for employees to feel like they can bring their best professional self to work and that that company is able to serve its clients and its customers and the community in which it is and in the best possible way. So the question for me is not can you bring your authentic self to work? I appreciate that. That's the question of this podcast. That's not my principle question. The principle question is, can you do your best work at work? And if you are Jewish and keep kosher and there is always a mixing of meat and cheese and there's never any kosher food available, you might not be able to do your best work if you are Hindu and are vegetarian, and there is meat in every dish at the cafeteria at work. You might not be able to do your best work if you are Muslim and you don't drink alcohol on account of your faith. In every social event at work involves copious quantities of alcohol, you might not be able to do your best work. And this is why it's important for a company to positively and proactively engage religious identity when it comes to their employees. To ask the question, can employees from different faiths do their best work here? Are there are we do we have an environment that is respectful of people's diverse religious identities? The framework we use that at my organization, Interfaith America is respect, relate, cooperate. Do you have an environment that respects the identities of diverse people, that encourages positive relationships between them, and that facilitates cooperation on common projects? The beautiful thing about companies is that the common projects are obvious, right? The client work that you're doing, the creative work that you're doing, the initiatives and campaigns that you're working on at Edelman, those are obvious. And so you have a shared project to encourage cooperation. And I think this is one of the reasons that companies can really be leaders in interfaith cooperation efforts, because you naturally have employees from diverse religions present. You naturally facilitate positive relationships through a close environment, and you have shared projects in which to encourage cooperation. There are many parts of who we are which are totally legitimate but but are probably not the best fit for the workplace. And what comes to religious diversity? A good example of this is conversion. It's perfectly legitimate for Christians or Muslims or somebody from a different religious identity or in fact a philosophical worldview like atheist who seeks to bring other people to their faith or worldview. It's a perfectly legitimate activity, but that's not what you want happening at a workplace. The question is how do you engage religious diversity in a way that encourages people to bring their best professional self to work again? People should be able to wear clothes that are appropriate for their religious identities. People should be able to eat the food that is required by their religious identity. People should have a place to pray. If they need to pray, they should have the appropriate days off if they need to take days off for religious holidays, etc. That's a positive and proactive engagement of religious diversity at work that encourages people to bring their best professional self without inviting dimensions of their identity, which are perfectly legitimate in other spaces and churches or mosques or temples, but not appropriate at work. So I would I would offer a framework that is different from authentic self or wholesale. I would offer best professional self. Isabel Wong [00:08:51] Mm hmm. Yeah. I really like how you mentioned that. And essentially, religious beliefs inform a person's identity, way of life and everyday activities and behaviors. And religious diversity can essentially make a workplace really inclusive in the sense of allowing opportunities for everyone to, you know, work through biases. And then essentially it will come into this positive impact that would result in diversity of thoughts, freedom of choice of beliefs and expressions. Now, obviously, when it comes to introducing and creating a safe space for religious diversity, it it has its challenges. So through the years that you work in this space, what are some of the common challenges that you've seen when there are multiple and diverse faiths represented in the workplace? Eboo Patel [00:09:41] I think the first thing to say is that in virtually every workplace, when we're talking about the corporate environment, particularly in multinationals like Edelman and the kind of companies that that our clients development, you're going to have religious diversity naturally. You're going to have Muslims and Jews and Christians and Hindus and six and behind and Buddhists and atheists. You are naturally going to have religious diversity. And those people from different religions have important disagreements. They have disagreements a doctrine like the nature of Jesus and the disagreements and ritual practice, like what is permissible to eat. Many Hindus don't eat meat at all. At all. And of course, many especially don't eat beef because of that, the role that cows play in the Hindu faith. Muslims, on the other hand, not only eat meat quite regularly, but actually do it as an important part of several of our rituals, including Eve. That is a simple that is a simple fact that that's a disagreement, pure and simple. The important thing about religious diversity and other dimensions of diversity is to not pretend that differences and disagreements don't exist. Of course they exist. It's to say that those disagreements and differences are not going to prevent us from working on other important projects. I think a company has this opportunity, the ability for people to disagree on some fundamental things like doctrine and ritual practice, and yet work together on other fundamental things like campaigns, initiatives and projects that are essential to the mission and success of the company. Isabel Wong [00:11:20] Mm hmm. Yeah. And I like how you just mentioned there that disagreements could be expected in different forms, and they don't have to be viewed negatively. Now, obviously, in light of the recent events that put anti-Semitism in the spotlight, the Wilders remind you that religious intolerance and ignorance can cause great harm. So I want to get your perspectives on, you know, how should businesses act around these conversations, right? Should they be taking a stand? And if so, how can they do this more strategically? Eboo Patel [00:11:56] So you want your you want your employees to feel safe and welcome. Right. And when there is a very public and ugly rise in anti-black racism, as in the case of the murder of George Floyd or anti-Semitism, as has recently happened in the United States with comments by Kanye West and others, it very naturally makes some people, people of that particular identity feel hurt and marginalized and upset. And so that is not good for a company. I also think that companies. Should, generally speaking, not be taking stances on everything. You just can't do that because the world is a place of 8 billion people and there are always going to be conflicts and there's always going to be injustices. And you can't be in a position of of fielding a thousand different petitions a day and deciding which ones you're going to send a tweet out about or send a statement out about. I think that a company ought to decide which items impact its employees, its customers and its mission. So if an anti-Semite is one of your clients, unless you are a law firm defending their First Amendment right, you should think very hard about what you want to do about that. If that person is proactively spreading an ugliness and a bigotry that hurts lots of people, including your employees and your other customers. Again, if you're if you are in the free expression business, I think that the I think that that question might be fielded a bit differently. But broadly speaking, bigotry is a bad thing for business. It's a bad thing for society. It's a bad thing for your employees. It's a bad thing for your customers. Companies should steer clear of that and do it in a way that doesn't that doesn't sign you up for making a statement about every issue on the planet. Isabel Wong [00:14:20] Hmm. Now I want to get your perspectives and insights into some of the best practices, because you previously served as a former faith advisor for US President Obama. Can you talk about some inclusive faith practices that you shared with Mr. President or other global leaders that you've worked with? You must navigate leading complex social structures and human landscapes that could include religious beliefs. Eboo Patel [00:14:48] Sure. So I'd like to talk with President Obama and everybody from people who lead local churches to two people who lead global multinationals. I like to tell them that that we should think about diversity, work through the metaphor of a potluck supper. A potluck supper is is an event in which the food is not provided by the host. The host instead provides a space where people bring their own dish. And the thing that I love about a potluck is that a potluck only exists if people make a contribution, if people bring their dish. Right. And so you want this at work. You want your employees to come to work as if it's a potluck. You want them to make a contribution, their gifts and their talents and their efforts of their energy and their labor. That's what makes a workplace work, is when people bring their talents, bring their dish. You don't want everybody to bring the same dish. You don't want to you don't want a potluck of only biryani or only months off or only tacos or only casseroles. You want a diversity of dishes? That's what makes a potluck delicious and interesting and flavorful. And actually, it's not just the array of dishes that help a potluck be wonderful. It's the combinations between them. It's when somebody is crusty. Bread recipe from Eastern Europe goes just perfectly with somebody else's spicy dip from the Middle East. And so a company works well when it is inviting the contributions of diverse people and creating a space where creative combinations can exist. A company ought to be aware of the barriers to some people's contributions. Sexism, racism. Homophobia, Islamophobia. Anti-Semitism. These are bad because they are not only violations of individual dignity, but they are also barriers to people's contributions. There's anti-Semitism in your workplace. Jews are unlikely to be able to bring their best dish if there's Islamophobia in your workplace. Muslims are unlikely to be able to bring their best dish. So reducing barriers to people's contributions is a good thing. And the other thing is you want people to take responsibility for the whole space. The host can't do all the work and a potluck can't do the setup and the clean up and be responsible for getting the conversation going. The community has to do some of that work. Some people have to show up early to do the setup. Some people have to stay late to do the cleanup. Everybody's got to take responsibility for making sure that that the safest space, the space is safe and that the conversation is healthy. So I like to use the metaphor of a potluck supper when talking about diversity work, including religious diversity. Isabel Wong [00:17:35] Right. And a follow up question for that is, you know, when it comes to this interfaith. I look right. People with different religious backgrounds, like you mentioned just now. I expected to bring their dishes to the table. Do you think atheists and agnostics should join these conversations? Should they be bringing the dishes to the table as well? Eboo Patel [00:17:54] Oh, of course. Of course. I mean, that's not even that that's not even, you know, a controversy or a moment of pause. People of all faiths and philosophical worldviews are welcome. You absolutely want people who are atheist or agnostic or spiritual seekers or in between religions or whatever it might be to feel like they can do their best work for you at work. You want to be able to have clients from Zoroastrians to atheists, so to speak. And so, you know, we, we tend to call issues about religious diversity. We tend to use the language diverse orientations around religion, which means everything from the different kinds of Muslims in the world, Sunnis and Shias and Sufis, for example, to to people who who don't have religious belief at all and orient around religion as nonbelievers. So that's our kind of formulation that that we believe is more inclusive of atheists as diverse orientations around religion. Isabel Wong [00:18:57] Yeah. Indeed. The conversation is all about, you know, trying to understand each other, not really to challenge or dispute. So that's a very important mind set that we should all remember. Now, I would like to take a slightly reflective lens on, you know, the work that you've done over the years and ask about your experience, you know, working in spaces inclusive of all faiths, you know, how has that that work really impacted your faith and your connection with others and vice versa? For example, how did those connections inform the work that you do over the years? Has it evolved? Eboo Patel [00:19:33] Yeah, that's a great question, Isabel. So I've been doing interfaith work for 25 years, 20 of them professionally. In fact, my organization had just celebrated its 20th anniversary. And and I do interfaith work in part out of my own commitment as a smiling Muslim. The Koran says that God made us diverse nations and tribes, that we may come to know one another. There are many examples in the life of the Prophet Muhammad made the peace and blessings of God be upon Him, where he had positive partnerships with people of diverse faiths. In fact, he invited Christians to pray in his mosque, for example. And so there is a muslim inspiration for me to do interfaith work. And absolutely, the people that I engage with from different religions, I learn from their faith. I'm inspired by by their by their faith and their commitment to their faith, even when I don't fully agree with their doctrine. And so the word interfaith actually encapsulates much of the meaning of our effort here. Inter means the interaction between people from different traditions. Faith means one's own relationship with one's religious tradition. And so interfaith is about how our faith guides us to have better interactions with people from other religions and how those interactions with people from other religions actually strengthen our faith, our our relationship with our own religion. Isabel Wong [00:21:01] And I know that you run your own podcast and on your show you like to answer the question, how does our religious understanding of the world inform how we live and work together? Would you please answer that question for us today? Eboo Patel [00:21:15] Sure. So I think that the center of Islam is about mercy and monotheism. It's about believing in one God and that that God creates all of us. And our common ancestor is is Adam prophet. Adam, who who is the the the father of us all. And so there is kind of a human family feeling in that. And so that's a really important part of my of of my faith is the idea that that I am inspired by my faith to positively engage with diversity and do interfaith work. Isabel Wong [00:21:50] And I know that you are an author of multiple books, and this year you also launched a new book. Congratulations, by the way. And it's titled It's We Need to Build Phenix for Diverse Democracy. Can you speak to what the book is about and what readers can take away from it, obviously, without giving away too much? Eboo Patel [00:22:08] Sure. Well, I do hope that I appreciate you asking about my book, We Need to Build, and I hope that your audience here is interested in it. So a lot of my book is about a positive and constructive engagement with diversity. It's about how our societies can feel like potluck suppers that welcome the distinctive contributions of diverse people and in in facilitate creative combinations and enriching conversations. I don't like the melting pot. Hot metaphor for diversity. And I don't like the battlefield metaphor for diversity. I much prefer a potluck supper. I write about that a lot in my book, and I write about constructive approaches to social change. Social change is not about a more ferocious revolution. Social change is about building a more beautiful social order. And we need to defeat the things we do not love by building the things that we do. And one of the things that I admire about the private sector is, is the manner in which you you do and have the opportunity to build strong institutions which elevate people, both your employees and your customers, and hopefully the communities and societies that you live within. And so there there are lots of examples in my book about how nonprofit institutions do this because I'm part of the nonprofit world. And I also believe that companies have the opportunity to do this as well. Isabel Wong [00:23:34] And finally, to wrap up this conversation, we normally ask every single guest of ours on authentic 365 this one question, Eboo, how do you define authenticity? Eboo Patel [00:23:48] Well, for me, it's it is being honest with myself about what inspires me and trying to live that inspiration out in the world. And I'm inspired by diversity work and I'm inspired by constructive approaches to social change. I'm inspired by religion, and I'm inspired by my own faith. And I'm inspired by improving people's lives. And so and so that for me is is my authenticity. And I'm proud to I feel very blessed that I'm able to live out much of that in my life and inspired by my kids and my wife and my family and and having a balanced life between work and family and faith and community and recreation, that's that's also part of an authentic life for me. Isabel Wong [00:24:31] Yeah, definitely. If we want to be inclusive, diverse and comprehend how we relate to each other, we need to continue to expand our understanding of different cultures values, and that includes various religions, beliefs and practices. That was a fascinating conversation. Thank you so much for sharing your time and insights with us. Eboo, It was a pleasure. Eboo Patel [00:24:53] Thank you so much, Isabel.
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Vom Wildnisexperten zum Vorstandmitglied von TARGET e.V Der Wildnisexperte und heutige Vorstand von TARGET e.V. Rüdiger Nehberg, Roman Weber (37), war in seiner ersten Lebenshälfte als Unternehmer an Gründungen im Immobilien- und Finanzdienstleistungssektor beteiligt. Mit 25 Jahren kehrte er der Branche den Rücken und setzte sich von da an für den Aufbau des Vereins ein. „Nebenbei“ stampfte er in langen drei Jahren die Gynäkologie- und Geburtshilfeklinik der Organisation in der Danakil Äthiopiens aus dem Wüstenboden. Als Ziehsohn von Rüdiger Nehberg alias SirVival wurde er von diesem in Survival und dem Überleben in der Natur ausgebildet. Nach über 20 Jahren gemeinsamen Abenteuer- und Projektreisen übernahm er auf Wunsch Rüdigers nach dessen Tod im Jahr 2020 die Vorstandsposition von TARGET e.V.. Heute setzt er sich mit der Nehberg-Familie und seiner Verlobten, der Moderatorin und Fitnessexpertin Fernanda Brandão, unter anderem in Brasilien für die Rechte indigener Völker und den Erhalt des Amazonasregenwaldes ein. In den letzten zwei Jahren erkundete das Paar die letzte boreale Wildnis Europas in Lappland. Im April 2022 wurde ihre Tochter Aurora unter den Nordlichtern Schwedens geboren. TARGET & Rüdiger Nehberg - Einsatz für Minderheiten, Diskriminierung und weibliche Verstümmelung TARGET e. V. Rüdiger Nehberg setzt sich schwerpunktmäßig für indigene Völker weltweit sowie für ein Ende der Weiblichen Genitalverstümmelung an Mädchen und Frauen in Kooperation mit dem Islam in Afrika ein. Weltweit werden täglich bis zu 6.000 Mädchen genital verstümmelt. Alle 11 Sekunden ein Opfer. Höchste Instanzen der islamischen Welt haben die Weibliche Genitalverstümmelung auf TARGETs Konferenzen zur „Sünde“ erklärt und geächtet. Die entstandenen Fatwen (Religionsgutachten), welche bindend zum Koran sind, wurden von TARGET e. V. im „Goldenen Buch“ zusammengefasst und in verschiedene Sprachen übersetzt. Eines der größten Projekte des Vereins ist jetzt die Verteilung des Goldenen Buches in Afrika. Aktuell wird das Goldene Buch von TARGETs Imam-Teams in Moscheen der Gemeinden in Guinea-Bissau verteilt. Aus dem Goldenen Buch lesen die Imame den Gemeinden über das Verbot der Weiblichen Genitalverstümmelung vor um ein Umdenken zu erwirken. Ein Konzept, das erfolgreich funktioniert. TARGET e. V. betreibt zudem eine Geburtshilfeklinik beim Volk der Afar in der äthiopischen Wüste Danakil. Hier erhalten von FGM (female genital mutilation) betroffene Mädchen und Frauen direkte Hilfe. Die Klinik ist die einzige gynäkologische Anlaufstelle in einem Einzugsgebiet von 350.000 Menschen, welche in den weitläufig verteilten Gemeinden wohnen. Durch den bewaffneten Konflikt in Äthiopien wurde die Geburtshilfeklinik stark beschädigt. Der Verein ist dringend auf Spenden für das Projekt angewiesen. TARGET & Rüdiger Nehberg unterstützt maßgeblich den Bau einer Urwaldklinik für inigene Völker In Brasilien arbeitet TARGET e. V. bereits seit über 22 Jahren beim Volk der Waiapi im Norden am Amazonas. Hier erbaute der Verein eine Urwaldklinik sowie zwei Krankenstationen, um dem Volk medizinisch zu helfen. Im Jahr 2019 schloss TARGET e. V. ein Kooperationsabkommen mit dem Ministerium für indigene Gesundheit (SESAI), um weiteren indigenen Völkern in Brasilien helfen zu können. TARGET baut die Kliniken und hält diese instand. Die SESAI betreibt dann die medizinischen Anlaufpunkte. Sie stellt medizinisches Personal sowie Medikamente und Krankentransporte zur Verfügung. Im frisch erschienenen TARGET-Jahresbrief 2022, welcher online auf der Website zu finden ist, informiert der Verein Interessierte ausführlich über das vergangene Projektjahr. Als Co-Founder der Lupus Wildnis GmbH bietet Roman zudem allen Interessierten die Möglichkeit, sich vor den Toren Berlins selbst auf Wildnis- und Abenteuerreisen vorzubereiten. Die Jagd- und Wildnisschule Lupus bietet Teambuilding Kurse für Firmen in der Natur, Wildnispädagogik-Ausbildungen über ein ganzes Jahr, Survival- und Scoutkurse sowie Kurse für Erste Hilfe, pflanzliche Notnahrung und Co. Die Aneignung von Fähigkeiten zum Überleben in der Natur gehören hier quasi zum Grundrepertoire. Zudem können Interessierte auch den Jagdschein in der hauseigenen Jagdschule absolvieren. Lupus ist in diesem Jahr vom Bund für nachhaltige Entwicklung als Umweltbildungsstätte zertifiziert worden. Viele Kursformate können vom Arbeitgeber als Weiterbildung gefördert werden. Die einfachste Art TARGET zu unterstützen Wer Lust hat, sich weiter über TARGET e. V. Rüdiger Nehberg zu informieren oder über Rüdigers Reisen findet im Internet zahlreiche Bücher zum Kauf. Das letzte Buch von Rüdiger Nehberg „Dem Mut ist keine Gefahr gewachsen“ (2020) gilt als dessen Vermächtnis für die Nachwelt. Dein größter Fehler als Unternehmer?: Zu schnelles Wachstum. 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Psychoanalysis On and Off the Couch
"The psychoanalytic frame I have built in myself helps me to find a way to not go too near and not be too distant to a person. It is other than what we learn when we learn to be psychoanalysts. Then we have the opportunity to feel in a room where we are not in danger - it's more the patient that feels in danger. He is coming and he has fears - but we, knowing our room, our couch, we don't have many fears. But if you work as I did in an open field, in different houses, in different hospitals, in different orphanages, you are first full of fear and at the same time very curious about what happens and what can happen. It's not the same as if you are in your own practice. One of the most important things I had was my psychoanalytic setting in myself - in myself, not in the room in which I work. I can find a way that doesn't bring too much fear to the patient and at the same time finds some way to get nearer to him, to his inner problems than if I was just a friend or a religious woman." Episode Description: We begin by discussing the depth of human pain that Barbara encountered in her work in the poorest areas of Eastern Africa. She describes how essential her psychoanalytic sensibility was to enable her attunement to the closeness/distance space that was so important for mutual safety and understanding. She gives examples of the all-encompassing role of the Koran in those with whom she worked as well as the lack of a subjective self in many of the individuals she encountered. We learn of the effects of genital mutilation and the various reactions she had in seeing such suffering. We close with her sharing with us a bit of her personal story that has led her to this work. Our Guest: Dr. phil. Barbara Saegesser is a training analyst with the Swiss Psychoanalytical Society and a member of the IPA. She is president of the commission treating ethical problems in the Swiss Society of Psychoanalysis. Since 2005 she has worked part-time in Eastern Islamic African cities: Alexandria, Khartoum, Addis Ababa, Hawassa, Djibouti, Kampala, and Zanzibar. Her work has been in orphanages, with street boys, in baby shelters, psychiatric hospitals, and maternity wards for genitally mutilated women.
Shaykh Mustafa Abu Rayyan explains the tafsir of Surah al-Baqarah.Recorded at Green Lane Masjid & Community Centre.
Amongst allegations of bribery and corruption, Qatar was selected by FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) to host the 2022 World Cup. BIG MISTAKE! It's the first World Cup to be held in the Arab world, and foreseeably, there is more conflict on the streets than on the football/soccer fields as they push Sharia on Westerners! And not all Arab countries are happy to have ‘infidels' invited into the Middle East. It should have been obvious that inviting the world to come to Qatar, a state sponsor of terrorism, would not result in everyone holding hands and singing “Kumbaya.”Indeed, the propaganda started with the Opening Ceremony, quoting the Koran to send a ‘divine' message to the world against homosexuality. You will hear how the controversies are continuing, despite Qatar's promises that they wouldn't force Sharia on anyone. Not only are visitors getting in trouble for wearing rainbow armbands, women who were raped in Qatar are being accused of having consensual sex. Jews were promised kosher food and prayer services, but got nothing. Budweiser, the largest sponsor, had their tents removed and alcohol banned. Migrant workers who built the venue have been treated like slaves. On a lighter note, you'll hear how Qatar's scheme of paying people to pretend to be fans so they can show the world that everyone's having a wonderful time, was exposed. Finally, we'll talk about the ongoing threats to the World Cup. ISIS and Al Qaeda are urging their followers to boycott and worse. Hear about the biological, drone and nuclear attacks that are predicted. This episode of The Terrorist Therapist Show is a must-hear for anyone at the World Cup or still contemplating going there.
Too few people know that parts of the Arab world and Iran were once home to large Jewish communities. This Mizrahi Heritage Month, let's change the story, with the final episode of the first season of The Forgotten Exodus, the first-ever narrative podcast series devoted exclusively to the rich, fascinating, and often-overlooked history of Mizrahi and Sephardic Jewry. Thank you for lifting up these stories to celebrate Mizrahi Heritage Month. If you enjoy this episode, be sure to listen to the rest of The Forgotten Exodus, wherever you get your podcasts. __ Home to one of the world's oldest Jewish communities, the story of Jews in Iran has been one of prosperity and suffering through the millennia. During the mid-20th century, when Jews were being driven from their homes in Arab lands, Iran assisted Jewish refugees in providing safe passage to Israel. Under the Shah, Israel was an important economic and political ally. Yet that all swiftly changed in the 1979 Iranian Revolution, which ushered in Islamic rule, while chants of “Death to Israel” and “Death to America” rang out from the streets of Tehran. Author, journalist, and poet Roya Hakakian shares her personal story of growing up Jewish in Iran during the reign of the Shah and then Ayatollah Khomeini, which she wrote about in her memoir Journey From the Land of No. Joining Hakakian is Dr. Saba Soomekh, a professor of world religions and Middle Eastern history who wrote From the Shahs to Los Angeles: Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women between Religion and Culture. She also serves as associate director of AJC Los Angeles, home to America's largest concentration of Persian Jewish immigrants. In this sixth and final episode of the season, the Hakakian family's saga captures the common thread that has run throughout this series – when the history of an uprooted community is left untold, it can become vulnerable to others' narratives and assumptions, or become lost forever and forgotten. How do you leave behind a beloved homeland, safeguard its Jewish legacy, and figure out where you belong? __ Show notes: Listen to The Forgotten Exodus and sign up to receive updates about future episodes. 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When I look back at the events of 1979, I think, people constantly think about the revolution having, in some ways, blown up Tehran, but it also blew up families. And my own family was among them. MANYA BRACHEAR PASHMAN: The world has overlooked an important episode in modern history: the 800,000 Jews who left or were driven from their homes in Arab nations and Iran in the mid-20th century. This series, brought to you by American Jewish Committee, explores that pivotal moment in Jewish history and the rich Jewish heritage of Iran and Arab nations as some begin to build relations with Israel. I'm your host, Manya Brachear Pashman. Join us as we explore family histories and personal stories of courage, perseverance, and resilience. This is The Forgotten Exodus. Today's episode: Leaving Iran MANYA: Outside Israel, Iran has the largest Jewish population in the Middle East. Yes, the Islamic Republic of Iran. In 2022. Though there is no official census, experts estimate about 10,000 Jews now live in the region previously known as Persia. But since the 1979 Iranian Revolution, Jews in Iran don't advertise their Jewish identity. They adhere to Iran's morality code: women stay veiled from head to toe and men and women who aren't married or related stay apart in public. They don't express support for Israel, they don't ask questions, and they don't disagree with the regime. One might ask, with all these don'ts, is this a way of living a Jewish life? Or a way to live – period? For author, journalist, and poet Roya Hakakian and her family, the answer was ultimately no. Roya has devoted her life to being a fact-finder and truth-teller. A former associate producer at the CBS news show 60 Minutes and a Guggenheim Fellow, Roya has written two volumes of poetry in Persian and three books of nonfiction in English, the first of which was published in 2004 – Journey From the Land of No, a memoir about her charmed childhood and accursed adolescence growing up Jewish in Iran under two different regimes. ROYA: It was hugely important for me to create an account that could be relied on as a historic document. And I did my best through being very, very careful about gathering, interviewing, talking to, observing facts, evidence, documents from everyone, including my most immediate members of my family, to do what we, both as reporters, but also as Jews, are called to do, which is to bear witness. No seemed to be the backdrop of life for women, especially of religious minorities, and, in my own case, Jewish background, and so I thought, what better way to name the book than to call it as what my experience had been, which was the constant nos that I heard. So, Land of No was Iran. MANYA: As a journalist, as a Jew, as a daughter of Iran, Roya will not accept no for an answer. After publishing her memoir, she went on to write Assassins of the Turquoise Palace, a meticulously reported book about a widely underreported incident. In 1992 at a Berlin restaurant, a terrorist attack by the Iranian proxy Hezbollah targeted and killed four Iranian-Kurdish exiles. The book highlighted Iran's enormous global footprint made possible by its terror proxies who don't let international borders get in the way of silencing Iran's critics. Roya also co-founded the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, an independent non-profit that reports on Iran's human rights abuses. Her work has not prompted Ayatollah Khameini to publicly issue a fatwa against her – like the murder order against Salman Rushdie issued by his predecessor. But in 2019, one of her teenage sons answered a knock at the door. It was the FBI, warning her that she was in the crosshairs of the Iranian regime's operatives in America. Most recently, Roya wrote A Beginner's Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Curious about the emotional roller coaster of arriving in America while still missing a beloved homeland, especially one where their community has endured for thousands of years. ROYA: I felt very strongly that one stays in one's homeland, that you don't just simply take off when things go wrong, that you stick around and try to figure a way through a bad situation. We came to the point where staying didn't seem like it would lead to any sort of real life and leaving was the only option. MANYA: The story of Jews in Iran, often referred to as Persia until 1935, is a millennia-long tale. A saga of suffering, repression, and persecution, peppered with brief moments of relief or at least relative peace – as long as everyone plays by the rules of the regime. SABA SOOMEKH: The history of Jews in Iran goes back to around 2,700 years ago. And a lot of people assume that Jews came to Iran, well at that time, it was called the Persian Empire, in 586 BCE, with the Babylonian exile. But Jews actually came a lot earlier, we're thinking 721-722 BCE with the Assyrian exile which makes us one of the oldest Jewish communities. MANYA: That's Dr. Saba Soomekh, a professor of world religions and Middle Eastern history and the author of From the Shahs to Los Angeles: Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women between Religion and Culture. She also serves as associate director of American Jewish Committee in Los Angeles, home to America's largest concentration of Persian Jewish immigrants. Saba's parents fled Iran in 1978, shortly before the revolution, when Saba and her sister were toddlers. She has devoted her career to preserving Iranian Jewish history. Saba said Zoroastrian rulers until the 7th Century Common Era vacillated between tolerance and persecution of Jews. For example, according to the biblical account in the Book of Ezra, Cyrus the Great freed the Jews from Babylonian rule, granted all of them citizenship, and permitted them to return to Jerusalem to rebuild their Temple. The Book of Esther goes on to tell the story of another Persian king, believed to be Xerxes I, whose closest adviser called Haman conspires to murder all the Jews – a plot that is foiled by his wife Queen Esther who is Jewish herself. Esther heroically pleads for mercy on behalf of her people – a valor that is celebrated on the Jewish holiday of Purim. But by the time of the Islamic conquest in the middle of the 7th Century Common Era, the persecution had become so intense that Jews were hopeful about the new Arab Muslim regime, even if that meant being tolerated and treated as second-class citizens, or dhimmi status. But that status had a different interpretation for the Safavids. SABA: Really things didn't get bad for the Jews of the Persian Empire until the 16th century with the Safavid dynasty, because within Shia Islam in the Persian Empire, what they brought with them is this understanding of purity and impurity. And Jews were placed in the same category as dogs, pigs, and feces. They were seen as being religiously impure, what's referred to as najes. MANYA: Jews were placed in ghettos called mahaleh, where they wore yellow stars and special shoes to distinguish them from the rest of the population. They could not leave the mahaleh when it rained for fear that if water rolled off their bodies into the water system, it would render a Shia Muslim impure. For the same reason, they could not go to the bazaars for fear they might contaminate the food. They could not look Muslims in the eye. They were relegated to certain artisanal professions such as silversmithing and block printing – crafts that dirtied one's hands. MANYA: By the 19th century, some European Jews did make their way to Persia to help. The Alliance Israélite Universelle, a Paris-based network of schools founded by French Jewish intellectuals, opened schools for Jewish children throughout the Middle East and North Africa, including within the mahalehs in Persia. SABA: They saw themselves as being incredibly sophisticated because they were getting this, in a sense, secular European education, they were speaking French. The idea behind the Allianz schools was exactly that. These poor Middle Eastern Jews, one day the world is going to open up to them, their countries are going to become secular, and we need to prepare them for this, not only within the context of hygiene, but education, language. And the Allianz schools were right when it came to the Persian Empire because who came into power was Reza Pahlavi, who was a Francophile. And he turned around and said, ‘Wow! Look at the population that speaks French, that knows European philosophy, etc. are the Jews.' He brought them out of the mahaleh, the Jewish ghettos, and said ‘I don't care about religion. Assimilate and acculturate. As long as you show, in a sense, devotion, and nationalism to the Pahlavi regime, which the Jews did—not all Jews—but a majority of them did. MANYA: Reza Pahlavi took control in 1925 and 16 years later, abdicated his throne to his son Muhammad Reza Pahlavi. In 1935, Persia adopted a new name: Iran. As king or the Shah, both father and son set Iran on a course of secularization and rapid modernization under which Jewish life and success seemed to flourish. The only condition was that religious observance was kept behind closed doors. SABA: The idea was that in public, you were secular and in private, you were a Jew. You had Shabbat, you only married a Jew, it was considered blasphemous if you married outside of the Jewish community. And it was happening because people were becoming a part of everyday schools, universities. But that's why the Jewish day schools became so important. They weren't learning Judaism. What it did was ensure that in a secular Muslim society, that the Jewish kids were marrying within each other and within the community. It was, in a sense, the Golden Age. And that will explain to you why, unlike the early 1950s, where you had this exodus of Mizrahi Jews, Arab Jews from the Arab world and North Africa, you didn't really have that in Iran. MANYA: In fact, Iran provided a safe passage to Israel for Jewish refugees during that exodus, specifically those fleeing Iraq. The Pahlavi regime considered Israel a critical ally in the face of pan-Arab fervor and hostility in the region. Because of the Arab economic boycott, Israel needed energy sources and Iran needed customers for its oil exports. A number of Israelis even moved to Tehran, including farmers from kibbutzim who had come to teach agriculture, and doctors and nurses from Hadassah Hospital who had come to teach medicine. El Al flew in and out of Tehran airport, albeit from a separate terminal. Taking advantage of these warm relations between the two countries, Roya recalls visiting aunts, uncles, and cousins in Israel. ROYA: We arrived, and my mom and dad did what all visiting Jews from elsewhere do. They dropped to their knees, and they started kissing the ground. I did the same, and it was so moving. Israel was the promised land, we thought about Israel, we dreamed about Israel. But, at the same time, we were Iranians and, and we were living in Iran, and things were good. This seems to non-Iranian Jews an impossibility. But I think for most of us, it was the way things were. We lived in the country where we had lived for, God knows how many years, and there was this other place that we somehow, in the back of our minds thought we would be going to, without knowing exactly when, but that it would be the destination. MANYA: Relations between the Shah and America flourished as well. In 1951, a hugely popular politician by the name of Mohammad Mosaddegh became prime minister and tried to institute reforms. His attempts to nationalize the oil industry and reduce the monarchy's authority didn't go over well. American and British intelligence backed a coup that restored the Shah's power. Many Iranians resented America's meddling, which became a rallying cry for the revolution. U.S. officials have since expressed regret for the CIA's involvement. In November 1977, President Jimmy Carter welcomed the Shah and his wife to Washington, D.C., to discuss peace between Egypt and Israel, nuclear nonproliferation, and the energy crisis. As an extension of these warm relations, the Shah sent many young Iranians to America to enhance their university studies, exposing them to Western ideals and values. Meanwhile, a savvy fundamentalist cleric was biding his time in a Paris basement. It wouldn't be long before relations crumbled between Iran and Israel, Iran and the U.S,. and Iran and its Jews. Roya recalls the Hakakian house at the corner of Alley of the Distinguished in Tehran as a lush oasis surrounded by fragrant flowers, full of her father's poetry, and brimming with family memories. Located in the heart of a trendy neighborhood, across the street from the Shah's charity organization, the tall juniper trees, fragrant honeysuckle, and gold mezuzah mounted on the door frame set it apart from the rest of the homes. Roya's father, Haghnazar, was a poet and a respected headmaster at a Hebrew school. Roya, which means dream in Persian, was a budding poet herself with the typical hopes and dreams of a Jewish teenage girl. ROYA: Prior to the revolution, life in an average Tehran Hebrew Day School looked very much like life in a Hebrew Day School anywhere else. In the afternoons we had all Hebrew and Jewish studies. We used to put on a Purim show every year. I wanted to be Esther. I never got to be Esther. We had emissaries, I think a couple of years, from Israel, who came to teach us how to do Israeli folk dance. MANYA: There were moments when Roya recalls feeling self-conscious about her Jewishness, particularly at Passover. That's when the family spent two weeks cleaning, demonstrating they weren't najes, or dirty Jews. The work was rewarded when the house filled with the fragrance of cumin and saffron and Persian dishes flowed from the kitchen, including apple and plum beef stew, tarragon veal balls stuffed with raisins, and rice garnished with currants and slivers of almonds. When her oldest brother Alberto left to study in America, a little fact-finding work on Roya's part revealed that his departure wasn't simply the pursuit of a promising opportunity. As a talented cartoonist whose work had been showcased during an exhibition in Tehran, his family feared Alberto's pen might have gone too far, offending the Pahlavi regime and drawing the attention of the Shah's secret police. Reports of repression, rapid modernization, the wide gap between Tehran's rich and the rest of the country's poor, and a feeling that Iranians weren't in control of their own destiny all became ingredients for a revolution, stoked by an exiled cleric named Ruhollah Khomeini who was recording cassette tapes in a Paris basement and circulating them back home. SABA: He would just sit there and go on and on for hours, going against the Shah and West toxification. And then the recordings ended up in Iran. He wasn't even in Iran until the Shah left. MANYA: Promises of democracy and equality galvanized Iranians of all ages to overthrow the Shah in February 1979. Even the CIA was surprised. SABA: I think a lot of people didn't believe it. Because number one, the Shah, the son, was getting the most amount of military equipment from the United States than anyone in the Middle East and in the Persian Gulf. And the idea was: you protect us in the Gulf, and we will give you whatever you need. So they never thought that a man with a beard down to his knee was able to overthrow this regime that was being propped up and supported by America, and also the Europeans. Khomeini comes in and represents himself as a person for everyone. And he was brilliant in the way he spoke about it. And the reason why this revolution was also successful was that it wasn't just religious people who supported Khomeini, there was this concept you had, the men with the turbans, meaning the religious people, and the you know, the bow ties or the ties, meaning the secular man, a lot of them who were sent by the Shah abroad to Europe and America to get an education, who came back, saw democracy there, and wanted it for their country. MANYA: Very few of the revolutionaries could predict that Tehran was headed in the opposite direction and was about to revert to 16th Century Shia Islamic rule. For almost a year, Tehran and the rest of the nation were swept up in revolutionary euphoria. Roya recalls how the flag remained green, white, and red, but an Allah insignia replaced its old sword-bearing lion. New currency was printed, with portraits bearing beards and turbans. An ode to Khomeini became the new national anthem. While the Shah had escaped on an Air France flight, corpses of his henchmen graced the front pages of newspapers alongside smiling executioners. All celebrated, until the day one of the corpses was Habib Elghanian, the Jewish philanthropist who supported all of Iran's Hebrew schools. Charged and convicted as a Zionist spy. Elders in the community remembered the insurmountable accusations of blood libel during darker times for Iran's Jews. But younger generations like Roya's, who had not lived through the eras of more ruthless antisemitism and persecution, continued to root for the revolution, regardless of its victims. Meanwhile, Roya's Jewish day school was taken over by a new veiled headmistress who replaced Hebrew lessons with other kinds of religious instruction, and required robes and headscarves for all the students. ROYA: In the afternoons, from then on, we used to have lessons in a series of what she called: ‘Is religion something that you inherit, or is it something that you choose?' And so I think the intention, clearly, was to convince us that we didn't need to inherit our religions from our parents and ancestors, that we ought to consider better choices. MANYA: But when the headmistress cut short the eight-day Passover break, that was the last straw for Roya and her classmates. Their revolt got her expelled from school. Though Jews did not universally support Khomeini, some saw themselves as members of the Iranian Communist, or Tudeh Party. They opposed the Shah and the human rights abuses of his monarchy and cautiously considered Khomeini the better option, or at least the lesser of two evils. Alarmed by the developments such as Elghanian's execution and changes like the ones at Roya's school, Jewish community leaders traveled to the Shia holy city of Qom to assure the Supreme Leader of their loyalty to Iran. SABA: They did this because they wanted to make sure that they protected the Jewish community that was left in Iran. Khomeini made that distinction: ‘I am not against Jews, I'm against Zionists. You could be Jewish in this country. You cannot be a Zionist in this country.' MANYA: But that wasn't the only change. Right away, the Family Protection Law was reversed, lifting a law against polygamy, giving men full rights in divorce and custody, and lowering the marriage age for girls to nine. Women were banned from serving as judges, and beaches and sports events were segregated by gender. But it took longer to shut down universities, albeit for only two years, segregate public schools by gender, and stone to death women who were found to have committed adultery. Though Khomeini was certainly proving that he was not the man he promised to be, he backed away from those promises gradually – one brutal crackdown at a time. As a result, the trickle of Jews out of Iran was slow. ROYA: My father thought, let's wait a few years and see what happens. In retrospect, I think the overwhelming reason was probably that nobody believed that things had changed, and so drastically. It seemed so unbelievable. I mean, a country that had been under monarchy for 2,500 years, couldn't simply see it all go and have a whole new system put in place, especially when it was such a radical shift from what had been there before. So I think, in many ways, we were among the unbelievers, or at least my father was, we thought it could never be, it would not happen. My father proved to be wrong, nothing changed for the better, and the conditions continued to deteriorate. So, so much catastrophe happened in those few years that Iran just simply was steeped into a very dark, intense, and period of political radicalism and also, all sorts of economic shortages and pressures. And so the five years that we were left behind, that we stayed back, changed our perspective on so many things. MANYA: In November 1979, a group of radical university students who supported the Iranian Revolution, took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, seized hostages, and held them for 444 days until President Ronald Reagan's inauguration on January 20, 1981. During the hostages' captivity, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein invaded Iran. The conflict that ensued for eight years created shortages on everything from dairy products to sanitary napkins. Mosques became distribution centers for rations. ROYA: We stood in line for hours and hours for eggs, and just the very basic things of daily life. And then it became also clear that religious minorities, including Jews, would no longer be enjoying the same privileges as everyone else. There were bombings that kept coming closer and closer to Tehran, which is where we lived. It was very clear that half of my family that was in the United States could not and would not return, because they were boys who would have been conscripted to go to war. Everything had just come apart in a way that was inconceivable to think that they would change for the better again. MANYA: By 1983, new laws had been passed instituting Islamic dress for all women – violations of which earned a penalty of 74 lashes. Other laws imposed an Islamic morality code that barred co-ed gatherings. Roya and her friends found refuge in the sterile office building that housed the Jewish Iranian Students Association. But she soon figured out that the regime hadn't allowed it to remain for the benefit of the Jewish community. It functioned more like a ghetto to keep Jews off the streets and out of their way. Even the activities that previously gave her comfort were marred by the regime. Poetry books were redacted. Mountain hiking trails were arbitrarily closed to mourn the deaths of countless clerics. SABA: Slowly what they realize, when Khomeini gained power, was that he was not the person that he claimed to be. He was not this feminist, if anything, all this misogynistic rule came in, and a lot of people realize they, in a sense, got duped and he stole the revolution from them. MANYA: By 1984, the war with Iraq had entered its fourth year. But it was no longer about protecting Iran from Saddam Hussein. Now the Ayatollah wanted to conquer Baghdad, then Jerusalem where he aspired to deliver a sermon from the Temple Mount. Meanwhile, Muslim soldiers wounded in the war chose to bleed rather than receive treatment from Jewish doctors. Boys as young as 12 – regardless of faith – were drafted and sent on suicide missions to open the way for Iranian troops to do battle. SABA: They were basically used as an army of children that the bombs would detonate, their parents would get a plastic key that was the key to heaven. And the bombs would detonate, and then the army would come in Iranian army would come in. And so that's when a lot of the Persian parents, the Jewish parents freaked out. And that's when they were like: we're getting out of here. MANYA: By this time, the Hakakian family had moved into a rented apartment building and Roya was attending the neighborhood school. Non-Muslim students were required to take Koran classes and could only use designated water fountains and bathrooms. As a precaution, Roya's father submitted their passports for renewal. Her mother's application was denied; Roya's passport was held for further consideration; her father's was confiscated. One night, Roya returned home to find her father burning her books and journals on the balcony of their building. The bonfire of words was for the best, he told her. And at long last, so was leaving. With the help of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, Roya and her mother, Helen, fled to Geneva, and after wandering in Europe for several months, eventually reunited with her brothers in the United States. Roya did not see her father again for five years. Still unable to acquire a passport, he was smuggled out of Iran into Pakistan, on foot. ROYA: My eldest brother left to come to America in the mid-70s. There was a crack in the body of the family then. But then came 1979, and my two other brothers followed. And so we were apart for all those very, very formative years. And then, in 1984, when my mother and I left and my father was left alone in Iran, that was yet another major dramatic and traumatic separation. So, you know, it's interesting that when I look back at the events of 1979, I think, people constantly think about the revolution having, in some ways, blown up Tehran, but it also blew up families. And my own family was among them. MANYA: While her father's arrival in America was delayed, Roya describes her arrival in stages. She first arrived as a Jewish refugee in 1985 and found her place doing what she had always done – writing in Persian – rebuilding a body of work that had been reduced to ashes. ROYA: As a teen I had become a writer, people were encouraging me. So, I continued to do it. It was the thing I knew how to do. And it gave me a sense of grounding and identity. So, I kept on doing it, and it kind of worked its magic, as I suppose good writing does for all writers. It connected me to a new community of people who read Persian and who appreciated what I was trying to do. And I found that with each book that I write, I find a new tribe for myself. MANYA: She arrived again once she learned English. In her first year at Brooklyn College, she tape-recorded her professors to listen again later. She eventually took a course with renowned poet Allen Ginsberg, whose poetry was best known for its condemnation of persecution and imperial politics and whose 1950s poem “Howl” tested the boundaries of America's freedom of speech. ROYA: When I mastered the language enough to feel comfortable to be a writer once more, then I found a footing and through Allen and a community of literary people that I met here began to kind of foresee a possibility of writing in English. MANYA: There was also her arrival to an American Jewish community that was largely unaware of the role Jews played in shaping Iran long before the advent of Islam. Likewise, they were just as unaware of the role Iran played in shaping ancient Jewish life. They were oblivious to the community's traditions, and the indignities and abuses Iranian Jews had suffered, continue to suffer, with other religious minorities to keep those traditions alive in their homeland. ROYA: People would say, ‘Oh, you have an accent, where are you from?' I would say, ‘Iran,' and the Jews at the synagogue would say, ‘Are there Jews in Iran?' MANYA: In Roya's most recent book A Beginner's Guide to America, a sequel of sorts to her memoir, she reflects on the lessons learned and the observations made once she arrived in the U.S. She counsels newcomers to take their time answering what might at first seem like an ominous or loaded question. Here's an excerpt: ROYA: “In the early days after your arrival, “Where are you from?” is above all a reminder of your unpreparedness to speak of the past. You have yet to shape your story – what you saw, why you left, how you left, and what it took to get here. This narrative is your personal Book of Genesis: the American Volume, the one you will sooner or later pen, in the mind, if not on the page. You must take your time to do it well and do it justice.” MANYA: No two immigrants' experiences are the same, she writes. The only thing they all have in common is that they have been uprooted and the stories of their displacement have been hijacked by others' assumptions and agendas. ROYA: I witnessed, as so many other Iranian Jews witness, that the story of how we came, why we came, who we had been, was being narrated by those who had a certain partisan perspective about what the history of what Jewish people should be, or how this history needs to be cast, for whatever purposes they had. And I would see that our own recollections of what had happened were being shaded by, or filtered through views other than our own, or facts other than our own. MANYA: As we wrap up this sixth and final episode of the first season of The Forgotten Exodus, it is clear that the same can be said about the stories of the Jewish people. No two tales are the same. Jews have lived everywhere, and there are reasons why they don't anymore. Some fled as refugees. Some embarked as dreamers. Some forged ahead without looking back. Others counted the days until they could return home. What ties them together is their courage, perseverance, and resilience–whether they hailed from Eastern Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, or parts beyond. These six episodes offer only a handful of those stories–shaped by memories and experiences. ROYA: That became sort of an additional incentive, if not burden for me to, to be a witness for several communities, to tell the story of what happened in Iran for American audiences, to Jews, to non-Iranian Jews who didn't realize that there were Jews in Iran, but also to record the history, according to how I had witnessed it, for ourselves, to make sure that it goes down, as I knew it. MANYA: Iranian Jews are just one of the many Jewish communities who in the last century left their homes in the Middle East to forge new lives for themselves and future generations. Many thanks to Roya for sharing her family's story and for helping us wrap up this season of The Forgotten Exodus. If you're listening for the first time, check out our previous episodes on Jews from Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, and Sudan. Go to ajc.org/theforgottenexodus where you'll also find transcripts, show notes, and family photos. There are still so many stories to tell. Stay tuned in coming months. 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