Jennifer Williams, Deputy Foreign Editor at VOX.com, joins me this episode. We start the podcast by talking about the recent “militia” take over of a government wildlife refuge in Oregon and the similarities between ISIS and extremist right-wing Christian fundamentalist. Jennifer blogged about the militia standoff on Vox after seeing no mainstream media outlet reporting on it. Jennifer talks about how becoming interested in Arabic back in college. This, later led her to study Arabic abroad in Morocco. Eventually she felt the urge to read the Quran for herself and realized Islam answered the questions she had growing up in a Southern Baptist household. Below is a tweet she posted that went viral overnight and resulted in a “whirlwind” of events over the past year. I’m very excited to have her on and share her story with you!
— Jennifer Williams (@jenn_ruth) September 24, 2014
About Jennifer Williams
Before joining Vox, Jennifer was a senior researcher at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and the deputy foreign policy editor for Lawfare. Her work on jihadist groups, terrorism, and the Middle East has appeared in numerous publications including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The National Interest.*
Links & Topics In This Episode
- Jennifer Williams Twitter @jenn_ruth
- Vox.com (Jennifer’s page)
- The Oregon militia standoff, explained
- 6 things you didn’t know about Jesus in Islam
- A brief history of Islam in America
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