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How Nomads Changed the World — with Anthony Sattin

How Nomads Changed the World — with Anthony Sattin

“I’ve never met a nomad who wanted to have more, in terms of possessions. But I’ve met an awful lot of people who live in cities who wish they lived more lightly.” Historian and travel writer Anthony Sattin joins New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai to talk about how nomads changed history — and why their contribution has yet to be fully recognized.

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Can Africa Solve Ethiopia’s War?

Can Africa Solve Ethiopia’s War?

Three weeks after the end of Ethiopia's fragile ceasefire, the warring factions have finally agreed to let the African Union mediate. New Lines' Kwangu Liwewe talks to analysts Chris Maroleng, Adeoye Akinola and activist Tedla Asfaw about whether it can really bring about a lasting peace after two years of brutal civil war.

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Moon Knight Rises — with Hayat Aljowaily

Moon Knight Rises — with Hayat Aljowaily

Producer and screenwriter Hayat Aljowaily joins New Lines’ Ola Salem and Anthony Elghossain to talk about cinema, identity and the making of “Moon Knight.”

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After Queen Elizabeth II

After Queen Elizabeth II

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai speaks to Lydia Wilson, Amie Ferris-Rotman, and Kwangu Liwewe about what the passing of such a consequential figure may mean for the world.

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A Deadly Showdown in Iraq — with Rasha Al Aqeedi

A Deadly Showdown in Iraq — with Rasha Al Aqeedi

After fighting broke out in Baghdad, New Lines’ Rasha Al Aqeedi joins Faisal Al Yafai to talk about Iraq’s ongoing political crisis and what this latest escalation may mean for the country’s future.

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The Rumor That Toppled Egypt’s King — with Chloe Bordewich

The Rumor That Toppled Egypt’s King — with Chloe Bordewich

When Egypt entered the war with Israel in 1948, the government claimed that victory was assured. But when Egypt’s army instead suffered a defeat, the public demanded answers. Historian Chloe Bordewich joins New Lines’ Lydia Wilson to talk about how officials lost control of the narrative, how a rumor helped topple a king and the dynamics of disinformation before the digital age.

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Tunisia’s New Autocrat — with Mohamed-Dhia Hammami

Tunisia’s New Autocrat — with Mohamed-Dhia Hammami

A month after Tunisia passed its controversial new constitution, analyst Mohamed-Dhia Hammami joins New Lines’ Lydia Wilson in The Lede to talk about the alarming power it grants president Kais Saied — and what that means for Tunisia’s hard-won democracy.

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One Year After the Fall of Kabul – with Fazelminallah Qazizai

One Year After the Fall of Kabul – with Fazelminallah Qazizai

One year after the fall of Kabul, this special anniversary episode of The Lede looks back on the momentous events of Aug. 15, 2021, and explores how Afghanistan has fared in their aftermath. Featuring Fazelminallah Qazizai, Nazila Jamshidi and Chris Sands, alongside hosts Rasha Elass and Faisal Al Yafai.

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When Reality Is a Lie — with Lea Ypi

When Reality Is a Lie — with Lea Ypi

What if you discovered that everything you knew about the world was wrong? As a teenager in Albania, that’s exactly what happened to political philosopher Lea Ypi when the communist regime collapsed in the ‘90s. On The Lede, she joins New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai to talk about how to see the gap between ideology and reality, where people look for certainty in uncertain times and what it actually means to be free.

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Love, Lust and Literature — with Selma Dabbagh

Love, Lust and Literature — with Selma Dabbagh

“There seemed to be something so modern and pithy and frank about their voices.” Writer and editor Selma Dabbagh joins New Lines’ Lydia Wilson to talk about sex, love and intimacy in the writing of Arab women, from the pre-Islamic era to the modern day.

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The Rise of the House of Osman — with Marc David Baer

The Rise of the House of Osman — with Marc David Baer

For this third installment in our series on the fall of the Ottomans, historian Marc David Baer joins New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai to look back at the 600 years of history that preceded their ultimate collapse.

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License to Laugh – with Maz Jobrani

License to Laugh – with Maz Jobrani

Comedian Maz Jobrani joins New Lines’ Anthony Elghossain to talk about doing funny accents, playing a terrorist on TV and why he doesn’t worry about cancel culture.

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A Poet’s Take on Language, the Sea and Abortion — with Zeina Hashem Beck

A Poet’s Take on Language, the Sea and Abortion — with Zeina Hashem Beck

Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck joins New Lines’ Rasha Elass to talk about what inspires her bilingual verses and how they intertwine over themes of language, country and womanhood.

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Turning Russian Oligarchs into London Aristocrats — with Oliver Bullough

Turning Russian Oligarchs into London Aristocrats — with Oliver Bullough

Oliver Bullough, an investigative journalist covering corruption and financial crime and author of “Butler to the World: How Britain Became the Servant of Tycoons, Tax Dodgers, Kleptocrats and Criminals,” joins New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai to talk about how British banking made London a sanctuary for Russian oligarchs, Ukrainian billionaires and other kleptocrats from across the world.

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Retranslating the Poetry of Ibn Arabi – with Yasmine Seale and Robin Moger

Retranslating the Poetry of Ibn Arabi – with Yasmine Seale and Robin Moger

Translators Yasmin Seale and Robin Moger join New Lines’ Lydia Wilson to discuss their unique approach to translating the poetry of the 12th-century philosopher Ibn Arabi.

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Imperial Folly After the Ottomans — with James Barr

Imperial Folly After the Ottomans — with James Barr

Historian James Barr joins New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai to talk about the post-Ottoman colonization of the Middle East — and how the last century of the region’s history was set in motion with the stroke of a crayon.

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Arab History Through Medieval Spanish Eyes — with Aymenn Al-Tamimi

Arab History Through Medieval Spanish Eyes — with Aymenn Al-Tamimi

Aymenn Al-Tamimi joins New Lines’ Lydia Wilson to discuss the 13th century Latin text “Historia Arabum” — one of the oldest works of Islamic history by a Western author — and why he decided to translate it into Arabic.

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America’s Great Experiment — with Yascha Mounk

America’s Great Experiment — with Yascha Mounk

Political scientist Yascha Mounk joins New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai to discuss diversity, democracy and patching up America’s polarized politics.

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Catfishing a Killer — with Uğur Ümit Üngör and Annsar Shahhoud

Catfishing a Killer — with Uğur Ümit Üngör and Annsar Shahhoud

Genocide researchers Annsar Shahhoud and Uğur Ümit Üngör tell New Lines’ Rasha Elass about their years-long undercover mission to expose the man behind the Tadamon masscre, how dark humor kept them sane and how they tricked him into into confessing — over Facebook.

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Bedouin Poetry and Culture Through the Ages — with Marcel Kurpershoek

Bedouin Poetry and Culture Through the Ages — with Marcel Kurpershoek

Scholar and translator Marcel Kurpershoek talks to New Lines’ Kevin Blankinship about the Nabati poetry of the Arabian peninsula and its thousand-year history from pre-Islamic oral traditions to the UAE’s smash-hit reality show “Million’s Poet.”

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The Last Days of the Ottomans – with Eugene Rogan

The Last Days of the Ottomans – with Eugene Rogan

Pre-eminent historian Eugene Rogan talks to New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai about the Ottoman Empire’s final years, its still-controversial legacy and how its defeat in World War I created the Middle East of today.

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A Life in Translation — with William Hutchins

A Life in Translation — with William Hutchins

Award-winning translator of Arabic literature, William Hutchins talks to New Lines’ Kevin Blankinship about how he began his career, why he continues to work in his retirement, and what it was like to translate the beloved Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz.

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An Arab Renaissance in the Age of Print — with Ahmed El Shamsy

An Arab Renaissance in the Age of Print — with Ahmed El Shamsy

In the first of a series of podcasts delving into the big questions of history, Ahmed El Shamsy joins New Lines’ Lydia Wilson to discuss how the printing press became the engine that powered the Arab Renaissance.

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One Man’s Quest for Quiet — with Gordon Hempton

One Man’s Quest for Quiet — with Gordon Hempton

Acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton speaks to New Lines’ Rasha Elass about the importance of silence to both human health and the health of the planet.

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Orientalism, Salafism and Sci-Fi in the World of ‘Dune’ — with Haris Durrani

Orientalism, Salafism and Sci-Fi in the World of ‘Dune’ — with Haris Durrani

Author and historian Haris Durrani speaks to New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai about representation and religion in the classic sci-fi…

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The Politics of Storytelling — with Fatima Bhutto

The Politics of Storytelling — with Fatima Bhutto

Acclaimed Pakistani novelist Fatima Bhutto joins New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai for a wide-ranging conversation about the relationship between politics and fiction. They discuss why she decided to be a writer rather than a politician like her aunt Benazir Bhutto, why the CIA has a department for script writers and why people increasingly identify more with stories from outside the West like “Squid Game” than with “Friends.”

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The Middle East in the Midst of the Ukraine War — with Suha Ma’ayeh and Amer Al Sabaileh

The Middle East in the Midst of the Ukraine War — with Suha Ma’ayeh and Amer Al Sabaileh

Journalist Suha Ma’ayeh and international relations expert Amer Al Sabaileh join New Lines’ Lydia Wilson in Amman to discuss how people and governments in the Middle East have responded to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — and what it means for a region already struggling with inflation, rising food prices and COVID-19. Faisal Al Yafai presents.

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Arabic Literature in Translation — with Reem Bassiouney and M Lynx Qualey

Arabic Literature in Translation — with Reem Bassiouney and M Lynx Qualey

Award-winning novelist Reem Bassiouney and ArabLit.org editor M Lynx Qualey join New Lines’ Lydia Wilson and Faisal Al Yafai for a wide-ranging conversation about the challenges of translating Arabic literature, why a translation is never finished and what it means to be a “victim” of translation.

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Putin’s Military Adventures, From Syria to Ukraine — with Anand Gopal

Putin’s Military Adventures, From Syria to Ukraine — with Anand Gopal

Award-winning journalist Anand Gopal joins New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai to talk about how the invasion of Ukraine compares with Vladimir Putin’s war in Syria and ask why Syrians never received the same support in the face of Russian atrocities.

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Writing a Revolution: Ukraine’s Maidan Uprising — with Kalani Pickhart

Writing a Revolution: Ukraine’s Maidan Uprising — with Kalani Pickhart

Kalani Pickhart, author of the novel “I Will Die in a Foreign Land,” joins New Lines’ Lydia Wilson to talk about Ukraine’s Maidan revolution and the long history of Russian aggression toward the country.

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The Ukraine Invasion in an Age of ‘New Wars’ — with Mary Kaldor

The Ukraine Invasion in an Age of ‘New Wars’ — with Mary Kaldor

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters its second week, New Lines’ Lydia Wilson is joined by Mary Kaldor, a professor at LSE and the author of “New and Old Wars,” to talk about what makes the war different from other contemporary conflicts and whether she thinks Putin has miscalculated.

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Six Months After the Fall of Kabul — with Fazelminallah Qazizai, Pashtana Durrani and Emran Feroz

Six Months After the Fall of Kabul — with Fazelminallah Qazizai, Pashtana Durrani and Emran Feroz

The war in Afghanistan may be over, but a humanitarian crisis threatens to be even deadlier than the 20 years of fighting. Six months after the fall of Kabul, New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai is joined by Fazelminallah Qazizai, Pashtana Durrani and Emran Feroz to explore how the country has changed under Taliban rule.

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Food Fights and Hummus Wars — with Suna Çağaptay, Riada Asimovic Akyol and Kareem Shaheen

Food Fights and Hummus Wars — with Suna Çağaptay, Riada Asimovic Akyol and Kareem Shaheen

Few topics evoke as much passion as food. New Lines' Kareem Shaheen is joined by Suna Çağaptay and Riada Asimovic Akyol to talk about how our identities are connected to what we eat, why Kareem is so passionate about authentic hummus and why recipes have become such a political battleground.

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The Strange Amnesia of Lebanon’s Wars — with Joey Ayoub

The Strange Amnesia of Lebanon’s Wars — with Joey Ayoub

In a crossover episode with the podcast “The Fire These Times,” its host, Joey Ayoub, joins New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai and Lydia Wilson to explore the hold the Lebanese civil war still has on the national psyche — and what Syria can learn from its warning.

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Can Ethiopia End Its ‘Very Dirty War’? — with Zecharias Zelalem and Julia Steers

Can Ethiopia End Its ‘Very Dirty War’? — with Zecharias Zelalem and Julia Steers

Over a year into Ethiopia’s civil war, New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai talks to three guests — freelance journalist Zecharias Zelalem, VICE News’ Julia Steers and Biniam, a Tigray civilian who lost several close friends to a notorious massacre — and asks what it will take to end the bloodshed.

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Urban Futures in the Middle East — with Yasser Elsheshtawy and Mona Fawaz

Urban Futures in the Middle East — with Yasser Elsheshtawy and Mona Fawaz

Urban planning scholars Mona Fawaz and Yasser Elsheshtawy join New Lines’ Lydia Wilson to discuss how Beirutis are reclaiming public spaces, why Egypt is building a new capital from scratch and why city planners can learn more from Riyadh than from Dubai.

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Reporting the Vanishing – with Janine di Giovanni and Lydia Wilson

Reporting the Vanishing – with Janine di Giovanni and Lydia Wilson

Janine di Giovanni speaks to New Lines’ Lydia Wilson about her career reporting conflict, her book The Vanishing, and why she fears for the future of the Middle East’s ancient Christian communities.

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Chasing the Shadow State

Chasing the Shadow State

Luke Harding, author of the book “Shadow State,” speaks to New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai about the increasingly bold activities of Russia’s ruthless intelligence services. They discuss the challenges of reporting on such a secretive world — and the heroism of the Russian citizens working to expose it.

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The Islamists You’ve Never Heard Of

The Islamists You’ve Never Heard Of

Foreign policy specialist Kamran Bokhari talks with New Lines Magazine’s Rasha Elass about Deobandism, the “Wahhabism of South Asia” — and why it remains mostly unknown in the West.

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Inside Nigeria’s Banditry Crisis

Inside Nigeria’s Banditry Crisis

Fulbright scholar James Barnett joins New Lines’ Rasha Elass to discuss how he made contact with Nigeria’s bandits, who they are — and what they want.

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Podcast: Why I Stopped Writing About Syria

Podcast: Why I Stopped Writing About Syria

Syrian journalist Asser Khattab’s viral essay in New Lines last week explained why he stopped writing about Syria, sparking a much-needed conversation online about how foreign media outlets treat local reporters. In this latest podcast, he and New Lines’ Kareem Shaheen continue that vital conversation.

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The Urgency of Now

The Urgency of Now

Amidst rising authoritarianism, social atomization and looming climate change, award-winning journalist and novelist Ece Temelkuran speaks to New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai about how it got this bad — and why we cannot face it alone. They discuss watching democracy die in Turkey, why she’s not an “exile” — and why she refuses to lose her faith in humankind.

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The Allure of the Afghan Jihad

The Allure of the Afghan Jihad

Award-winning investigative journalist Tam Hussein speaks to New Lines’ Lydia Wilson about his latest article for New Lines on the mythologization of Afghanistan by Western Islamists, how jihadist propaganda spread before the internet, and why the far-right admires the Taliban.

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When Art and Archaeology Turn Political

When Art and Archaeology Turn Political

New Lines contributor Olivia Snaije and contributing editor Lydia Wilson speak to Faisal Al Yafai about recent articles they wrote exploring how the Middle East’s ancient heritage continues to shape modern politics — and how the story of a nation depends on who’s telling it.

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The Wars Over the Horizon

The Wars Over the Horizon

Military tech journalist Kelsey Atherton speaks to New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai about how drones changed modern warfare, how emerging technologies will affect future conflicts — and why the real threat from killer robots is not what you might think.

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Sudan at a Crossroads

Sudan at a Crossroads

Isma’il Kushkush and Dallia Abdelmoniem talk to New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai about the military takeover in Sudan. They explain why the coup took place, how it feels to be back out on the streets — and why the generals may have overplayed their hand.

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Talking to Terrorists

Talking to Terrorists

Jonathan Powell is CEO of the conflict resolution charity Inter Mediate and has made a career talking to some of…

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How to Survive the Disinformation Wars

How to Survive the Disinformation Wars

Nina Jankowicz is a fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. and the author of “How to Lose the…

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Afghanistan: After the Taliban Takeover

Afghanistan: After the Taliban Takeover

In this podcast, Farkhondeh Akbari and Andrew Watkins join New Lines for a conversation on Afghanistan. They share their sentiments about the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, assessments on decades of American intervention and recent withdrawal, and reflect on the past, present and future.

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Justice and Punishment in the Middle East

Justice and Punishment in the Middle East

In a wide-ranging podcast with Newlines’ Kareem Shaheen, David Kaye, who served as the U.N. special rapporteur for freedom of opinion and expression discusses justice and accountability for crimes in the Middle East.

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After the Fall of Kabul

After the Fall of Kabul

In a special podcast on the fall of Kabul and its aftermath, Emran Feroz, Fazelminallah Qazizai and Shelly Kittleson tell Newlines’ Faisal Al Yafai what it was like on the ground in Afghanistan before, during and after the takeover by the Taliban. They discuss that fateful Sunday in Kabul, where the long war against the Taliban fits into the wider war on terror, and what the Taliban might do next.

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Satire, Censorship and Fake News

Satire, Censorship and Fake News

In this podcast, Isam Uraiqat of AlHudood picks his favorite satirical headlines, and talks censorship, the serious side of satire, why authoritarian governments hate being laughed at, how the US media handled Trump - and tells Newlines' Faisal Al Yafai what topics he would not joke about.

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After the Beirut Blast

After the Beirut Blast

In this podcast, a discussion of what it felt like a year ago before and after the blast; the challenges of reporting on a city that is both a global story and also home – and why living in Beirut sometimes feels like waiting for life to restart.

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Syria: The Bashar Years

Syria: The Bashar Years

In this wide-ranging podcast, the writer and political analyst Rime Allaf recalls the death of Hafez al-Assad in Syria and traces the years of his son’s rule, from the Lebanon occupation to the Syrian revolution.

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Who is Iran’s new president?

Who is Iran’s new president?

Arash Azizi, author of “Shadow Commander”, and Cameron Khansarinia, policy director at the National Union for Democracy in Iran, sit down for a podcast with Newlines’ Rasha Elass to discuss what the election of the “hanging judge” means for Iran.

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Memory Wars and the Battle Against Reality

Memory Wars and the Battle Against Reality

Peter Pomerantsev is the author of This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality. In this podcast, he explores modern memory wars, and how they are attempting to remake reality, from Ukraine to America.

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The Psychology of Political Violence

The Psychology of Political Violence

Nafees Hamid is a cognitive scientist of political violence who wrote “The Neuroscience of ‘Devoted Actors’ Within Extremist Groups”, on why people join violent groups. In this podcast, he explores similarities between jihadists who joined ISIS and the insurrectionists who stormed the US Capitol.

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Telling a Syrian Fighter’s Story

Telling a Syrian Fighter’s Story

Nick Foretek is the author of “The Philosopher’s Wine”, a long-read for Newlines that tells the story of several years in the life of one Syrian fighter. In this podcast, he discusses how he first met the fighter in Cairo, what prompted him to tell the story, why he made certain literary decisions – and whether he thinks the fighter is a sympathetic character.

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Islam, Liberalism and Power

Islam, Liberalism and Power

In a wide-ranging conversation with Newlines, Mustafa Akyol discusses what happened when he was arrested by the religious police in Malaysia; early Muslim reformers and the making of the first Muslim state; the coercive power of modern Islamic states and why he believes it is holding back the full flourishing of the Muslim world.

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