Political and Social Lessons of Karbala


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ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MAY 18: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C), Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani (L), Jordanian King Abdullah II (L2), President of Iran Hassan Rouhani (R2), Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (R3) pose for a family photo during the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Extraordinary Islamic Summit Conference at Istanbul Congress Center in Istanbul, Turkey on May 18, 2018. 
 ( Arif Hüdaverdi Yaman - Anadolu Agency )

Politics today is governed by power and strength. This is decided almost exclusively by military might and financial wealth.

The epic battle of Karbala in 680AD is often seen as one that secured the revival of Islam. But what political message did it hold – if any? Was Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) only fighting for power or does his struggle hold deeper, multi-dimensional messages which remain as relevant today as it was then?

Guest: Prof. Karim Douglas Crow – Islamic Expert, Professor, Author

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