Upstream with John Larson Episode 1: Asra Nomani
Written by John Larson on April 20, 2016
My broadcasting debut with the journalist, scholar, and reformist leader Asra Nomani!
Author of Alone in Mecca: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam and co-founder of the Muslim Reform Movement, Asra fights for an Islam of peace, human rights, and secular governance. She’s been featured on the Bill Maher Show, CNN, MSNBC, and FOX, putting her at the forefront of an international dialogue regarding the rights of Muslim women.
In our discussion we highlight the role played by the theocratic monarchy of Saudi Arabia in the promotion of conservative, intolerant strains of Islam. We also talk in-depth about the issues faced by Asra Nomani and her fellow reformist Muslims, who suffer constant attacks by Saudi and Qatari-backed institutions and individuals. Persevering against these immensely wealthy conservative and regressive opponents, Asra and the Muslim Reform Movement seek to promote an Islam of secular governance and egalitarianism, one which empowers women instead of suffocating their voices.
I also bring up my position and reason for involvement as an atheist: in order to produce the widest array of freedoms for the largest amount of people, the support of reformist and liberalizing elements within larger religious discourses is extremely important. A logical heuristic based on utilitarian moral reasoning provides a clear basis for this humanitarian stance.
For more information,
My Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnryanlarson
Asra’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/asranomani
Asra’s Website: http://www.asranomani.com/
Muslim Reform Movement: muslimreformmovement.org
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