The Life of Radical Cleric Anwar al-Awlaki

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

We are taking a closer look at the life of radical American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. In a video released over the weekend by al-Qaida in Yemen, al-Awlaki urged Muslims to take American lives. The cleric has a published discography to rival some rock stars, with over 100 CDs of readings and lectures to his name, not all of them incendiary. al-Awlaki was once known as a popular (and moderate) interpreter of Islamic texts on CD; speculation abounds as to exactly when and why he took a more radical turn. 

 

Azeem Khan, Assistant Secretary General at the Islamic Circle of North America, joins us with his thoughts on the change in al-Awlaki's tone.

Takeaway producer Noel King visited a strip of Islamic bookstores in Brooklyn to see if CDs of al-Awlaki's readings are still available. She found bookshop owners reticent to speak - except for one who condemned al-Awlaki.

 

Guests:

Azeem Khan

Produced by:

Noel King

Comments [2]

Ed H. from Larchmont

It's telling that someone would prefer almost any system that offers solid answers, even if it's incorrect, to a world of moral relativism and uncertainty. The desire for truth.

May. 25 2010 08:19 AM
Azeem from Queens, NY

Here is the link to the NPR discussion on U.S. targeted killings that I made reference to in the segment:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124047251

May. 25 2010 06:45 AM

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