Fear, Faith and Fair Portrayals of Muslims

This panel discussion, recorded for NPR’s 1A radio show, was around the positive representation of Muslims in Hollywood.


Aasif Mandvi Actor; co-writer and star of the Peabody Award-winning Web series “Halal In The Family.”
Melena Ryzik Culture reporter, The New York Times.
Reza Aslan Host, “Believer” on CNN; TV producer; author of “No God But God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam.”
Waleed Mahdi Assistant professor of US-Arab Cultural Politics at The University of Oklahoma.

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War and Peace in Yemen

This public interview was conducted by Dr. Joshua Landis, the director of the Center of Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

In this interview, we discuss the possibility of peace in Yemen or its lack thereof.  The interview provides an idea about the fragile nature of the political revolutionary process since 2011, which has fractured state power through military division, sectarian unrest, tribal conflict, regional disunity, and partisan polarization. It answers questions like: Who are the Yemeni warring parties? How are the regional and international power players implicated in the conflict? What is the prospect of peace amidst serious concerns of a humanitarian crisis?

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