Monday, 27 March 2017

BBC Radio Scotland
Thought for the Day
Dr. Amanullah De Sondy
Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Islam
University College Cork, Ireland
Monday 27th March, 2017

I was in a discussion panel yesterday - part of a Glasgow film festival, highlighting the contributions made by minority groups.  The documentary (Poshida by Faizan Fiaz)

Watching a film has often led me to a variety of emotions, sentiments and most importantly questions.  The last time I was in Pakistan was in 1999 and from what I saw, a lot has changed.

I often use film as a teaching tool in my own contemporary Islam class to offer students an insight into places they’ve not been to. Sometimes we watch lives on film that are hidden from us in our real world.

Anything that has the power to make us rethink our understanding, can make us uncomfortable. Issues of gender and sexuality are at the forefront of Muslim concern and of many other religions too. As a society we are expanding our understanding on these issues.

The way people live their lives can challenge our different religious texts and challenge our different cultural traditions which try to present neatly the messy realities we actually live in.

May we find thoughtful paths to embrace these tensions, in the hope that we can learn to live peacefully with and appreciate all our differences.