In this week’s episode, Osman Balkan of University of Pennsylvania joins Marc Lynch to discuss his new book, Dying Abroad: The Political Afterlives of Migration in Europe. The book offers a moving and powerful account of migrants’ end-of-life dilemmas, vividly illustrating how they are connected to ongoing political struggles over the stakes of citizenship, belonging, and collective identity in contemporary Europe. (Starts at 0:36).
Sahar Aziz of Rutgers University joins to discuss her book, The Racial Muslim: When Racism Quashes Religious Freedom. Her book demonstrates how race and religion intersect to create what she calls the Racial Muslim. Comparing discrimination against immigrant Muslims with the prejudicial treatment of Jews, Catholics, Mormons, and African American Muslims during the twentieth century, Aziz explores the gap between America’s aspiration for and fulfillment of religious freedom. (Starts at 34:55).