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Juan Cole on U.S. dependence on Middle Eastern oil listen

04/06/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The first chapter of Juan Cole’s new Book, Engaging the Muslim World is called “The Struggle for Islamic Oil.” In it, he writes about U.S. foreign policy and oil.

He quotes John McCone, who said in the early 1970s that the relationship of the North Atlantic States to Islamic oil reached a momentous turning point when Arab oil exporters boycotted the U.S. and Netherlands in June 1967.

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Juan Cole on Wahhabism listen

04/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In University of Michigan professor Juan Cole’s new book, Engaging the Muslim World, he writes about Wahhabism, the distinctive form of Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia. He writes that it has generated a great deal of concern among outsiders.

Many western observers, in explaining everything with reference to a single religious tradition, ultimately reduce Saudi Arabia to a caricature, he says. In our interview conducted with him last week, WMNF asked Cole about Wahhabism and Saudi Arab...

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Is radical Islam the dominant force in the religion?

02/19/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. In a moment- a debate about whether a radical, fanatic brand of Islam is taking over mainstream Islam and the billion people around the world who hold that religious belief.

But first: we’re still getting comments about Tuesday’s debate on the Employee Free Choice Act. And we had several calls yesterday about the interview with Aaron Glantz and his new book, The War Comes Home, about the government’s mistreatment of veterans as they return from I...


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