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Last updated 11/2/2016

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9/15/2015

'Book of the Day', The Guardian

September 15th, 2015

Read the Guardian review by Peter Conrad

8/17/2015

BBC Radio 4: The bin Laden Tapes

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.

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9/28/2015

Vice News: What I Learned About al Qaeda from Analyzing the ‘Bin Laden’ Tapes

Monday, September 28th, 2015

A piece by Flagg Miller reviews surprising discoveries at the center of his book.

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10/31/2015

This is Hell!

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.

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11/26/2015

Was Osama bin Laden Really In Charge Of Al-Qa`ida Or A Convenient Western Boogeyman?

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Kansas City’s KKFI Community Radio: Tell Somebody Host Margot Patterson boils The Audacious Ascetic down to critical key points.

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8/17/2015

Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Inside bin Laden’s Audio Library

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.

8/04/2015

The Sunday Times (England)

Sunday October 4th, 2015

Read a book review by Catherine Philp.

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8/15/2015

Prospect Magazine (UK)

Sunday October 15th, 2015

Read a short book review by David Patrikarakos

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10/21/2015

Public Radio International’s The World

Wednesday October 21st, 2015

Listen to Marcus Werman talk with Flagg about “a story that remains to be told"

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8/18/2015

Ireland National Radio: Osama bin Laden's Tape Collection

Tuesday August 18th, 2015

Irish broadcaster, journalist, and writer Sean Moncrieff speaks to Prof Flagg Miller from the University of California-Davis.

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2/12/2010

National Public Radio, On the Media

Listen to Bob Garfield's interview with professor Miller.

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2/17/2010

Public Radio International’s The World

Listen to Katy Clark's interview with professor Miller.

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9/24/2008

BBC World Service

Read Michael Hirst's BBC article "Analysing Bin Laden's jihadi poetry"

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1/24/2010

Chronicle of Higher Education

Read Thomas Bartlett's article "Before Martyrdom, Breakfast" in the Chronicle of Higher Education

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6/15/2015

Kirkus Book Review

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12/27/2015

The 45 minute radio hour

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.

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About the Author

Flagg MillerFlagg 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.