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As this show is being recorded on December 2nd, more than 20 million people are gathered in Karbala to mark Arba’een, the end of the 40 days of mourning for the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussein, who was martyred at Karbala in 680 C.E. Both Sunni and Shi’a Muslims view that martyrdom as a horrific tragedy…but Shi’a more than Sunnis have memorialized it as a central aspect of their faith.
To mark the occasion, author and Middle East expert Catherine Shakdam joins us to offer a Shia-friendly perspective on current events in the Middle East, the West, and beyond.
Dr. John Andrew Morrow, Senior scholar of Islam, calls Shakdam’s new book Arabia Rising “A superb synthesis that distills the essence of Islam in theory and practice. Arabia’s Rising by Catherine Shakdam provides a concise yet comprehensive understanding of the Islamic worldview. Written in small segmented truth-bytes, which can be assimilated by lay and academic audiences, the author weaves past, present, and future seamlessly in a captivating narrative of cosmic consequence.”