Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  28 minutes
Date:  2012
Genre:  Interview
Language:  English
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Islam Unknown (episode 6): Anouar Majid

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Anouar Majid is a believer in the power of heresy.

Islam Unknown (episode 6): Anouar Majid

Anouar Majid is a believer in the power of heresy. In this conversation, he looks at the history of how Europe and Islam have defined themselves in opposition to each other, and argues for a new relationship — one based on cultures that encourage a multiplicity of points of view.

While the current conflict between jihadists and the West may seem to have arisen in the last few decades, Majid reminds us that "there is a genuine clash between Islam and the western tradition" that goes back centuries: "Europe came together more than 1,000 years ago when they developed a common consciousness of the threat of the Muslims." Indeed, he traces the very notion of the nation-state to the Spanish expulsions of the Jews in 1492 and the Moors in 1609 — both of which reinforced the idea that statehood and faith were one.

"The Muslim became the prototype of the Other, and therefore all minorities in modern history," Majid says. And in an era of globalization, just about everybody is a minority of some kind. "We are all strangers in this world... All our differences together create the beauty and richness that makes life worth living."

This deeply engaging conversation covers a remarkable amount of ground in just half an hour. In addition to his defence of heresy and overview of Muslim-European relations, Majid also delves into the historical affinity between Jews and Muslims, and calls for a "much more robust dialogue of civilizations."

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Main credits

Elders, Fons (interviewer)

Other credits

Camera-sound, Maher Al-Sabbagh; editing, Theo Raben; music, David Parsons.

Distributor credits

Docuseek2 subjects

Religion and Spirituality
Philosophy, Critical Thinking and Ethics
History of Religion
Netherlands, The

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