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Can a Woman Be an Imam? Debating Form and Function in Muslim Women’s Leadership

by Ingrid Mattson

Islamic tradition is replete with references to the responsibility each Muslim bears for finding or establishing a group of Muslims with whom he or she can worship and fulfill communal obligations.

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Can a Woman Be an Imam? Debating Form and Function in Muslim Women’s Leadership
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Discovering (not Uncovering) the Spirituality of Muslim Women

by Ingrid Mattson

It was almost midnight when I parked my car in front of the low plain building. Clearly there were no meaningful zoning regulations in this neighborhood where an Islamic elementary school backed onto the yard of an auto body shop. The Muslims were not complaining — after all, it was a regulatory vacuum in this […]

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Stopping Oppression: An Islamic Obligation

by Ingrid Mattson

The terrorist attacks of September 11th have raised important questions about the role of Muslim leaders in shaping a responsible discourse of resistance to oppression and injustice.

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Stopping Oppression: An Islamic Obligation

Your Help Is Our Musical Gain

by Mitch Hanley

An Irish listener from Belfast contributes to our musical selections for episodes of our show.

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Your Help Is Our Musical Gain

New Ways of Seeing

by Krista Tippett

Katy Payne is the kind of person I love to interview. For starters, she is warm and delightful, wise and instructive, about things I had never pondered before. And though eminent in her field of “acoustic biology,” she is not a famous name. She is a practicing Quaker and a student of the spiritual philosophy […]

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New Ways of Seeing

Sharing a Way to Speak and Defuse Minefields

by Krista Tippett

We remember our stories, the raw materials of the lives we’ve been given, in order to know who we are — and to tell something of the larger story of our time.

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Sharing a Way to Speak and Defuse Minefields

A Young and Growing Religion

by Krista Tippett

What does Mormon theology teach at its orthodox core about the nature of God and Jesus? What are the spiritual underpinnings of the Mormon way of community and family? How does a devout Mormon scholar honor Joseph Smith as a prophet and make sense of the controversies about his teachings?

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A Young and Growing Religion

Transitioning from Cold War Politics to “Faith-Based Diplomacy”

by Krista Tippett

I’ve been following Doug Johnston’s work for a decade, ever since I read his 1994 book, Religion, the Missing Dimension of Statecraft. Remember, this was well before 9/11 thrust religion to the fore of international relations at the highest level. In the mid-1990s I attended a regional Council on Foreign Relations meeting at which Johnston […]

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Transitioning from Cold War Politics to “Faith-Based Diplomacy”

Genesis: How We Got Here

by Krista Tippett

What is faith? What is religion? What is spirituality? Each of these words is difficult for some of us and richly meaningful for others. Together they describe an aspect of human experience that has taken our age by surprise. I want to explore this surprise in all its complexity and variety, and to set our common encounter with it on a new footing. An excerpt from the first chapter of Speaking of Faith.

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Genesis: How We Got Here

A Physical Study in Paradox

by Krista Tippett

Being in Jean Vanier’s presence brings qualities like that together — peacefulness and purpose — that in our culture can seem at odds. There is something deeply countercultural about this man and the movement he has created.

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A Physical Study in Paradox

Changing the World Regardless of Politics

by Krista Tippett

Rick and Kay Warren speak of their sense of urgency to repair an artificial and counterproductive split that modern Evangelicals inherited — defining personal morality and social justice as competing priorities.

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Changing the World Regardless of Politics