‘The Innocent Prophet,’ new anti-Islam film, set for Friday debut
Imran Firasat, a former Muslim from Pakistan now living in Spain, is set to debut his film “The Innocent Prophet: Life of Muhammad from the point of View of an Ex-Muslim,” on Friday. Firasat is part of Mundo sin Islam (World without Islam), and created the film in collaboration with the anti-Muslim US Christian pastor Terry Jones.
In anticipation of the film’s release, Belgium preemptively issued a terror alert, while Australian troops are gearing up for heightened protest activity in Afghanistan.
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Reza Aslan is a Middle East analyst for CBS News, and a fellow at the University of Southern California’s Center on Public Diplomacy. He is an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions, and holds degrees in religion from Santa Clara University, Harvard University, and the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa, where he was named the Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction.
Riem Spielhaus is a German researcher in the field of Islamic studies, her main field of expertise concerns Muslim communities in Germany and Europe. She is a member of several working groups established by the German government and civic organizations including the Islam Forum of Berlin and the German Islam Conference of the Federal Ministry for Interior Affairs. She taught at the South Asian department of the Institute for Asian and African studies at Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin.
Abdullah Khan works in Copenhagen, Denmark at an Islamic association. He has worked for the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) Pakistan as a consultant and trainer in the madaris (Islamic traditional schools) project, where he helped train teachers and develop their perceptions about contentious domestic and international issues. He has organized 20 one-day training programs across Pakistan, in addition to six 10-day programs in Islamabad.
Languages: English, Panjabi, Pashto, Urdo,
Barah Mikaïl is a Senior Researcher on the Middle East and North Africa at FRIDE, a Madrid-based think tank for global action, which provides analysis of key debates in international relations. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science. He is a specialist of Water geopolitical issues, and is part of a project dedicated to the study of Politics, Religion and their interactions in contemporary conflicts.
Languages: Arabic, English, French
Sami Zemni is professor in political and social sciences at the Center for Third World Studies, Ghent University, Belgium. He coordinates and leads the Middle East and North Africa Research Group. His area of expertise is politics within the Middle East and North Africa region, with special reference to political Islam.
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