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Saturday, March 8, 2014 11:03amSince the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington DC, the ultra-conservative Wahhabi branch of Islam has often been cited by critics and commentators as the ideology of Islamic extremists around the world today. But can 21st Century terrorism really be blamed on the teachings of an 18th Century sect? In this edition of Heart and Soul Edward Stourton asks what is - and what is not - Wahhabism.
Friday, February 28, 2014 9:32pmFor the second part of his series for Heart and Soul, Rustam Qobil investigates the lives of Shia Muslims in Sunni-dominated Afghanistan.
Friday, February 21, 2014 9:32pmRustam Qobril from the BBC’s Central Asian Service visited northern Afghanistan for a two-part series on the Sufi and Shia branches of Islam. In the firts part he meets Sufi Muslims and finds that, despite strong opposition against Sufism among the most traditional Muslims in Afghanistan, Sufism is reclaiming a place in Afghan society.
Friday, February 14, 2014 9:32pmIn the second part of his series for Heart and Soul exploring the mystery of miracle, Mark Dowd will explore their magic and mystery, the role they play for the church and the faithful and also their importance in the decision to name saints. In order to be named a Saint the church requires evidence of two miracles. In John Paul’s case he was credited with recovery from seemingly terminal illnesses of a French nun, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre and a Costa Rican lady, Floribeth Mora who was cured of a brain tumour after, she tells Heart and Soul, she prayed to John Paul.