Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad discusses his new book Travelling Home: Essays on Islam in Europe, dissecting the rise of Islamophobia on the basis of Muslim theological tradition. Murad argues that although the proper response to the current impasse is clearly indicated in Qur’an and Hadith, some have lost the principle of trust in divine wisdom and are responding with hatred, fearfulness or despair. Murad believes that a compassion-based approach, rooted in an authentic theology of divine power, could transform the current quagmire into a bright landscape of great promise for Muslims and their neighbours.

Travelling Home: Essays on Islam in Europe describes how everywhere, the far right is on the march, with nationalist and populist parties thriving on the back of popular anxieties about Islam and the Muslim presence, and asks: how should we react to the new Islamophobic movements now spreading in the West? 

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad is in conversation with journalist, Remona Aly.

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About The Author

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (Dr Tim Winter) is dean of the Cambridge Muslim College, which trains imams for British mosques. In 2006 he published Abraham’s Children, co-edited with Bishop Richard Harries and Rabbi Norman Solomon. He is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology. His other books include Commentary on the Eleventh Contentions (2012) and Travelling Home: essays on Muslims in Europe (2020).

About The Host

Remona Aly

Remona Aly is a journalist and broadcaster. She writes for The Guardian, is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought and a presenter on BBC Radio 4’s Something Understood. She is also an editor and podcast host for various platforms.