NPS Alum Jason Howk Addresses Muslim Stereotypes in New Podcast: We’re Just Talking About It

We’re JuA woman in a flowing golden hijab walks on an empty street. She is facing away, and her face is hidden.st Talking About It is a new podcast centered on informal conversation about Islam and Muslim culture with knowledgeable and rational hosts Jason Howk, and Hollie Fleck. This conversational and friendly podcast is geared for the average American who wants more information to better engage in conversations related to Islam and Muslim culture.

Retired Army Major Jason Criss Howk is extremely well-qualified to host We’re Just Talking About It. He is the author of the award-winning The Qur’an: A Chronological Modern English Interpretation, and has spoken nationally on the basics of Islam. He holds a Masters in Middle East and South Asia Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey and has studied Arabic and Dari (Afghan Farsi) at the Defense Language Institute. He is also a Malone Fellow in Arabic and Islamic Studies.

Hollie Fleck, producer and co-host of the podcast, is an Emmy award-winning television news reporter, who now runs her own video company Candid Light Films.

The latest episode of We’re Just Talking About It dives into what life is like for women in Muslim culture. This 20 minute episode begins by discussing the recent changes in legislation that now allow women to hold drivers licenses in Saudi Arabia. The conversation also touches on the historical legacy and text of the Qur’an, as well as changes in the 1970’s that lead to a wave of conservatism in Muslim cultures.

Previous episodes include the following topics: topical headlines, key terms and concepts related to islam, and introduction to the text of the Qur’an, and more.

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