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Welcome to "We’re Just Talking About It" (WJTA)

Islam 101: for non-Muslims...

This is an informal conversation about Islam and Muslim cultures.  It's the conversation America should have started on 12 September 2001.  

We talk about everything.  Send us your questions: WJTANC@gmail.com

The host of “We’re Just Talking About It” is Major retired Jason Criss Howk. He is the author of an award winning Modern English Qur'an interpretation and speaks nationally about Islam. He holds a masters in Middle East studies, studied Dari and Arabic, and teaches introduction to Islam courses at numerous institutions.

Your producer and co-host is Hollie Fleck owner of Candid Light Films. She has a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She is an Emmy-award winning television news reporter and now runs her own video company. Hollie is curious by nature and always asking questions in hopes of learning and understanding the world we live in. 

 

Jun 29, 2018

In episode #4 of We're Just Talking About It (20 min) we wanted to take a look at some of the news headlines we saw in June. More specifically, the stories pertaining to Muslim society and culture. 

We talk about 3 top stories and break down "what it means":

  • Afghanistan President orders a ceasefire with Taliban...


Jun 13, 2018

Thanks for checking out Episode #3 of We're Just Talking About It.

In episode #1 we discussed the terms you should know to help you better understand Islam. In this episode, we put those terms to use and learn how to get the conversation started. 

As non-muslims, Americans may be uncomfortable or scared to get the...


Jun 13, 2018

In episode #2 of We're Just Talking About It, hosts Jason and Hollie discuss one of Jason's most popular lecture questions: What does it say in the Qur'an?

In this 25-minute episode we talk about:

  • What's in the Qur'an and what's not
  • How it can be misinterpreted by groups like ISIS
    • What passages terrorist groups use to...


Episode 001 Insights

Jun 2, 2018

  • Key vocabulary: Islam, Sunni, Shi'a, Khawarej/Khawarij, Qur'an / Koran, Hadith, Sunna, Islamism / Islamists (political ideology), Salafism, Wahhabism, ISIS, Al Qaeda, Violent Radical Islamism, Terrorist/Terrorism
  • Useful books:


Jun 1, 2018

Welcome to our 1st episode of We're Just Talking About It! We're happy you're here. In this 30-minute episode, Jason and Hollie discuss how to start a conversation about Islam in America. They offer up key vocabulary to get you started.