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This page contains news and media items pertaining to The Audacious Ascetic.
October 2nd, 2016
September 15th, 2015
Monday August 17th, 2015 8pm
BBC Security correspondent Gordon Corera speaks to Prof Flagg Miller from the University of California-Davis, who has spent more than a decade translating and analysing more than 1500 audio cassettes featuring sermons, speeches, songs and candid recordings of Arab-Afghan fighters, recorded between the 1960s up until the 9/11 attacks.
Monday, September 28th, 2015
A piece by Flagg Miller reviews surprising discoveries at the center of his book.
Sunday, October 31st, 2015
WNUR Chicago's Chuck Mertz interviews Prof Miller about the book’s insights about the power of the bin Laden story.
Thursday, November 26th, 2015
Kansas City’s KKFI Community Radio: Tell Somebody Host Margot Patterson boils The Audacious Ascetic down to critical key points.
Wednesday September 9th, 2015
Australian Late Night Live’s Andrew West asks Prof Flagg Miller about curiosities in the tape collection and what they reveal.
Sunday October 4th, 2015
Read a book review by Catherine Philp.
Sunday October 15th, 2015
Read a short book review by David Patrikarakos
Wednesday October 21st, 2015
Listen to Marcus Werman talk with Flagg about “a story that remains to be told"
Tuesday August 18th, 2015
Irish broadcaster, journalist, and writer Sean Moncrieff speaks to Prof Flagg Miller from the University of California-Davis.
Listen to Bob Garfield's interview with professor Miller.
Listen to Katy Clark's interview with professor Miller.
Read Michael Hirst's BBC article "Analysing Bin Laden's jihadi poetry"
Read Thomas Bartlett's article "Before Martyrdom, Breakfast" in the Chronicle of Higher Education
Journalist Ryan Peverly talks with Dr. Miller about Western analysts’ rationale for the bin Laden story and its difference from what is heard on the tapes. Produced for non-specialists, this interview offers a bold counter-narrative to received wisdom.
Flagg Miller is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Davis.
Trained as a linguistic anthropologist, his first book, The Moral Resonance of Arab Media: Audio-cassette Poetry and Culture in Yemen, examined how Yemenis have used traditional poetry and new media technologies to envision a productive relationship between tribalism and progressive Muslim reform.