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Islam Unknown

A series of eight conversations with unconventional Muslim intellectuals.

Islam Unknown is a collection of eight conversations with unconventional Muslim intellectuals. In each episode, eclectic Dutch philosopher Fons Elders engages the thinkers in probing discussion on topics including gender, economics, sharia, secularism, colonialism, and the nature of religious authority. What emerges is a nuanced and illuminating series of contemporary perspectives on one of the world's great religions.

The discussions take place in a relaxed and informal atmosphere, many of them filmed at the Huize Piranesi, a 19th-century Dutch farmhouse that has welcomed thinkers for decades. Each episode also includes beautiful footage of Islamic art and Muslims going about their daily lives and prayers.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. "[Elders's] approach with each subject is genuine, reverent, and introspective...It is certain that anyone fortunate enough to view this film will benefit from its broad insights, opinions, and shared knowledge."—Library Journal

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. "There is a remarkable depth and breadth to each of the eight conversations. Elders is a skillful interviewer, posing thoughtful questions and then getting out of the way of his guest's response. An excellent classroom resource, appropriate especially to academic libraries supporting religious and Middle Eastern studies, ISLAM UNKNOWN is a strong choice for public libraries as well."—Educational Media Reviews Online

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Islam Unknown (episode 1): Asma BarlasIslam Unknown (episode 1): Asma Barlas

Professor Asma Barlas doesn't call herself a feminist - but she is a believer in 'radical sexual equality' based on a reading of the Qur'an.

Icarus Films ♦ 2012 ♦ 28 minutes
Islam Unknown (episode 2): Nasr Hamed Abu ZaydIslam Unknown (episode 2): Nasr Hamed Abu Zayd

Nasr Hamed Abu Zayd has always seen Islam as a religion rooted in social justice. After decades of exile from his home in Egypt, he remains a devout Muslim committed to a diversity of interpretations of scripture.

Icarus Films ♦ 2012 ♦ 28 minutes
Islam Unknown (episode 3): Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'imIslam Unknown (episode 3): Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im is a Sufi dedicated both to Islam and to secularism.

Icarus Films ♦ 2012 ♦ 28 minutes
Islam Unknown (episode 4): Amna NusayrIslam Unknown (episode 4): Amna Nusayr

Amna Nusayr discusses sharia and jihad - two notions that she says have been fundamentally misrepresented.

Icarus Films ♦ 2012 ♦ 28 minutes
Islam Unknown (episode 5): Reza AslanIslam Unknown (episode 5): Reza Aslan

In this wide-ranging conversation about politics, society and culture, Reza Aslan argues that Islam is a religion based primarily on practice, rather than creed.

Icarus Films ♦ 2012 ♦ 27 minutes
Islam Unknown (episode 6): Anouar MajidIslam Unknown (episode 6): Anouar Majid

Anouar Majid is a believer in the power of heresy.

Icarus Films ♦ 2012 ♦ 28 minutes
Islam Unknown (episode 7): Omer OzsoyIslam Unknown (episode 7): Omer Ozsoy

Islamic theology, personal freedom, human rights and the head scarf.

Icarus Films ♦ 2012 ♦ 27 minutes
Islam Unknown (episode 8): Mehmet AsutayIslam Unknown (episode 8): Mehmet Asutay

Mehmet Asutay has devoted himself to developing a model for an Islamic economy that emphasizes social justice.

Icarus Films ♦ 2012 ♦ 27 minutes

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