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The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam

In conversation with Amir Hussain
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Episode Summary
More than half of the worlds' 1.3 billion Muslims live along the tenth parallel, as do roughly sixty percent of the world's 2 billion Christians. Griswold, award-winning poet and investigative journalist, traveled for seven years on the tenth parallel, examining the complex relationship of religion, land, oil; local conflicts and global ideology; politics and contemporary martyrdom, both Islamic and Christian.

Participant(s) Bio
Eliza Griswold, a fellow at the New America Foundation, received a 2010 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. Her journalism has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and Harper's Magazine, among others. A 2007 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, she was awarded the first Robert I. Friedman Award for investigative reporting. A collection of her poems, Wideawake Field, was published in 2007.

Amir Hussain is Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University, where he teaches courses on Islam and world religions. A Fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, Amir was selected by student vote as LMU Professor of the Year in 2008 and 2009. His most recent book is Oil and Water: Two Faiths, One God; an introduction to Islam for a North American audience. For 2011 to 2015, he will be the editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.