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"…some parts of the media and a segment of ill-wishers in the West are trying to defame Islam…": Ima...

Imam Marwan Gill

Interlitq: What is the greatest challenge for you as both an Islamic theologian and a practising Muslim?
MG: In my view, the world has become very materialistic and people have turned away from God. People are neglecting their responsibilities towards their Creator and failing to find a real purpose in their lives. As for those who do follow a religion, too often their faith is diluted and they pay mere lip-service to their so-called faith.
The other great challenge of this era is an increasing tide of Islamophobia in some parts of the Western world. I believe it is the case that some parts of the media and a segment of ill-wishers in the West are trying to defame Islam by spreading misconceptions about this faith. Sadly, some in the West attribute the evil actions of certain individuals and so-called Islamic organisations to the religion of Islam. And so the barbaric actions of a tiny minority come to taint a whole religion. Another factor here is that some questionable Muslim organisations exist who cloak their worldly and political ambitions behind the pure and peaceful face of Islam.
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Imam Marwan Gill appointed Interlitq’s Islamic Affairs Editor.

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Simon McBurney on Rabelais/ Video
Simon McBurney is an Olivier Award-winning and Tony-Award-nominated actor, writer and director. He is the founder and artistic director of the theatre company Complicite, which performs throughout the world. Among their latest productions was A Disappearing Number, a devised piece conceived and directed by McBurney, played at the Barbican in Autumn 2008 and toured internationally. In February 2009 he directed the Complicite production Shun-kin, which was produced in London and Tokyo in 2010. Boyd Tonkin, Literary Editor of The Independent, chaired the talk.

"Also, I think that not only does talent get resented, but that the worst resenters are the untalented": Fiona S...

Fiona Sampson: credit Ekaterina Voskresenskaya

Fiona Sampson interviewed by Interlitq: read the entire interview:
Interlitq: As Editor of Poetry Review, you were preceded by Muriel Spark. How do you consider Muriel Spark as writer and woman?
FS: I think she was well-named! Sparky in both the intellectual sense and in the sense of having evident personal charisma and courage. For me she’s a real role model and, again, a writer with a whole body of work, much of which has become canonical (as in my own passing reference to The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, just for example). I think that Spark was very badly treated by the Poetry Society and by other male amateur poetasters she tangled with… and that their impulses, their arrogance, their assumptions that a woman writer is always “a woman of no importance” – that the phrase is a tautology – are still absolutely familiar today. Even though we no longer wear Fifties fashion, little else has changed. Also, I think that not only does talent get resented, but that the worst resenters are the untalented. A good male (or female) writer doesn’t need to waste time trying to undermine some passing woman – he has his (she has her) own work to get on with…
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