episode 05

In conversation with A. R. Rahman

My guest on this episode is the remarkably talented, two-time Academy Award winning composer and musician A.R. Rahman. AR and I first met in London over 10 years ago and I recall being instantly drawn to his humility and gracious character. Those familiar with AR will testify that he is a man of few words. It's not easy getting him to talk for 30 minutes straight. So you can imagine my surprise and delight when he said "yes" to appear on Reflections! I feel both privileged and grateful for the opportunity to share our conversation. We talk about what keeps him grounded; how he maintains his passion and drive for film music; the role of (or lack of) spirituality in the industry as well as a fourteen hour round-trip bus journey which was all for an amazing fifteen minute experience at a special place! I'm sure you will love this inspirational episode.

And for those who are interested, Nagore Dargah, the place that AR and I discuss visiting together, is a place of pilgrimage for both Muslims and Hindus, and a wonderful example of the peaceful interweaving of the two religions. Click here to read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagore_Dargah


episode 04

In conversation with Felice Liao

Felice Liao is passionate about manifesting Daoist concepts of balance and harmony, especially in the domain of the foods we eat. Her TaiPei Dao Teahouse and Restaurant in Dubai reflects this passion in its menu and ambience.


episode 03

In conversation with Michael Sugich

Michael Sugich is a native of Santa Barbara, California and studied at UCLA and the California Institute of the Arts. He was initiated into a traditional Sufi order in 1972. Since that time he has studied Sufi doctrine and practice with spiritual masters across the Arab and Islamic world.

He lived for 23 years in the precincts of the sacred city of Makkah Al Mukaramah where he kept company with many men of knowledge and illumination. He has written Palaces of India, a travel book, and Living in Makkah, a children's book, and, most recently a feature documentary film on the life of King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, "Faisal: Legacy of a King".

Michael Sugich is author of Signs on the Horizons: Meetings with Men of Knowledge and Illumination, a memoir of 40 years with Sufi saints of the 20th and 21st centuries.



episode 02

In conversation with Dr Tim Winter (Sh. Abdal Hakim Murad)

Abdal Hakim Murad (Dr Tim Winter), b.1960, is University Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge, and is dean of the Cambridge Muslim College, which trains imams for British mosques. He is Director of Studies at Wolfson College, and is a holder of the Pilkington Teaching Prize at the University of Cambridge. He has been described as Britain's most influential Muslim thinker by The Independent newspaper.

In 2006 he published Abraham's Children, co-edited with Bishop Richard Harries and Rabbi Norman Solomon. He is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology (2008).

His most recent book is Commentary on the Eleventh Contentions (2012).

Abdal Hakim Murad's articles have appeared in The Independent, the London Evening Standard, the Daily Telegraph, The Times, the Catholic Herald, Islamica, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, and Prospect. He is also a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day.


episode 01

In conversation with Peter Sanders

Peter Sanders is the world's pre-eminent photographer of the Muslim world. For more than 45 years, he has captured over half a million images reflecting a rich traditional civilization filled with warmth, humanity and compassion.

He began his career in the 1960s as one of London's leading rock and roll photographers, and his images of Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones, among others, are today considered classics of the period.

After trekking through India and Morocco, meeting Hindu swamis and Sufi saints, he found his true calling: to share with the world images of the people and places enlightened by knowledge and wisdom. Over the next five decades, Sanders crisscrossed Asia, Africa and Europe, seeking those luminaries as well as the spaces that have traditionally inspired people to experience presence and wholeness.



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About Reflections

'Reflections' is a search for meaning and understanding through a series of dialogues between Sami Yusuf and some of the most remarkable minds today as they explore the ideas and values that are shaping our world. Leading creative thinkers in topics ranging from culture, arts, spirituality, sciences, and much more, discuss underlying trends and ideas, in their full depth and subtlety.

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