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No East and West in Our Round World

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 13 March 2011

Dr Nabil Mustapha was born in Egypt and raised in the Baha'i faith which has at its heart the principle of world unity. He has practiced as a surgeon worldwide and in this programme talks about how he has learned to see unity in diversity and to embrace difference.

The programme includes an interview with Professor Suheil Bushrui who was also raised in the Baha'i faith and who teaches an inter-faith course at the university of Maryland in the United States.

Dr Mustapha recalls the challenge of being accepted in social circles in London in the sixties when he was a young doctor who didn't drink because of his faith. He draws upon music and literature to illustrate his belief that even without a shared language or religion we have much in common.

He talks about how his search for greater understanding between faiths helped him to establish a multi-faith forum with people in his Borough. They meet to pray for peace, to break down differences and to highlight commonalities.

Producer: Kim Normanton
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

Music Played

5 items
  • Image for Om Koulthoum

    Om Koulthoum El Neel

    Saut El Kahira

  • Image for Cheb Nacim

    Cheb Nacim Achaktek Men Ghalbi, W'Rabbi Alam

    Algerian Rai instrumental ARC


  • Image for Bentu Dinka Tribe

    Bentu Dinka Tribe World

    BBC Sound Archive Recording, recorded in 1962.

  • Image for Giuseppe Verdi

    Giuseppe Verdi O tu che sei d'Osiride

    From the Opera Aida, performed by Leontyne Price, Rita Gorr, Jon Vickers and Robert Merrill with the Rome Opera Chorus and the Rome Opera Orchestra, conducted by Sir Georg Solti.

    Decca, B000023ZF0

  • Image for Dizzy Gillespie

    Dizzy Gillespie A Night in Tunisia

    Perfect Bebop, Past Perfect, B00009L82V

  • Readings

    Reading 1: Extract from Thus Spake Zarathustra, by Friedrich Nietzsche. Published by Wordsworth Editions Ltd, New Ed edition, 1997.

    Reading 2:Extract from “One Night in the Sahara” from The Kindness of Strangers (2nd edition), broadcast with permission from Lonely Planet. Published by Lonely Planet, 2008.

    Reading 3:“Immigrant” by Fleur Adcock, from Poems, 1960-2000. Published by Bloodaxe Books, 2000. This recording is taken from Poetry Archive, www.poetryarchive.com.

    Reading 4: Extract from Life of Pi, by Yann Martel. Published by Canongate Books Ltd, 2003.


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