Episode

1/6 Steven Cook: The Saudi Arabia & Iran Crisis & Omer Aziz: The Islam “Reformation” Scam

January 6, 2016

Steven A. Cook is on to discuss the Saudi perspective on current turmoil in the region as a “status-quo” power(5:50). Why the Saudis see the Iranians as meddling. The power and hypocrisy of the House of Saud and its support of radical ideologies(9:33). Why the House of Saud and Wahabi radicals are reliant on each other. On Iran(14:07). What is the next logical step in heightened aggression. Why Steve doesn’t expect a ground war, and why continuance of proxy wars can be expected. The situation in Yemen. Why the Saudis miscalculate when they see Iranian manipulation behind uprisings in Bahrain and elsewhere. On Iraq and Syria(20:12). What does the Iran/Saudi for the fight against ISIS? Saudia Arabia’s insecurity around US relations with Iran. The difficulty of negotiating between “bad actors,” and the conversation the US needs to have about our interests in the Middle East(23:48). What is the effect from the global transition from oil.

Omer Aziz on Sam Harris(32:16). Harris’ inability to deal with the complexity of issues in the Islamic history. How “muslim reformers” are intellectual junk food that pays well. How “Islamic reformers” ignore the interpretive function of the religious. Diversity of political, cultural, and scientific traditions within Islam(41:24). What would a genuine Islamic reformation look like? The “hubris” of self-identifying as a “reformer,” especially in a culture that isn’t your own.

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