Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, founder of the Minaret of Freedom Institute, discusses the differences and commonalities of the three major Abrahamic religions; why Islam’s theological distinctions don’t make all Muslims into budding terrorists – despite what the Islamophobes would have you believe; the many Muslims (devout and secular alike) participating in the Arab spring movement against despotic governments – nearly all supported by the US and Israel; how Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri developed an expanded version of the Five Pillars of Islam, to include a militarized conception of jihad; and why American Muslims cherish the “land of opportunity” and certainly don’t “hate us for our [and their] freedoms.”
Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, founder of the Minaret of Freedom Institute, discusses the typically sycophantic White House response to Israel’s shooting of peaceful Nakba protesters; Israel’s core founding myth, especially to Americans: no indigenous population existed (a.k.a. there is no such thing as a Palestinian); Palestinian peace activists initiating a third, peaceful, intifada in the spirit of the Arab Spring revolutions; the unquestioned absurdity of Israel “defending its borders” of the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, from Syrians; the Egyptian-moderated Fatah/Hamas unity agreement for new elections and a functioning coalition government; the interminable “peace process” that remains fatally flawed while the US refuses to act as a genuine “honest broker;” and how the hopelessly-devoted US Congress sees Israel as a crucial domestic priority, not an object of foreign policy.
Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, founder of the Minaret of Freedom Institute, discusses his remembrance of better times in Palestine, Israeli apologists who have long departed the reality-based community, how the Ottoman Empire functioned as a sanctuary for Jews persecuted in Europe, the land (not religious) dispute at the core of Israeli/Palestinian conflict and the seeming inability of pro-Israel Americans to differentiate facts from propaganda.
Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, founder of the Minaret of Freedom Institute, discusses how the Israel/Palestine issue seen from a libertarian perspective defines the central conflict in terms of individual property rights, the difficulty in determining the motivation behind Israelâ€™s recent – seemingly fruitless – military endeavors, the precipitous decline in non-Jewish land ownership in Israel from 1948 to the present day and the looming prospect of a democratic Jewish Israel with an Arab majority population.
Dean Ahmad, president of the Minaret of Freedom Institute and co-author with Rose Wilder Lane of Islam and the Discovery of Freedom, discusses the so-called clash of civilizations, Western misconceptions about Islam, extremist instigators on both sides, how bin Ladenâ€™s primary reasons for the Fatwa against America are political not religious, how Islam and Christianity are closely related, misquotations of the Koranâ€™s advice on violence and his view of the possibility that Scottish Enlightenment philosopher John Locke and some of the early Spanish â€œproto-Austrian Schoolâ€ economists were inspired by Islamic scholars.