The Dark Power of Dehumanisation | Dr. Osman Latiff | Empowered Podcast #2

Welcome to the second episode of our podcast, Empowered by Islam21c, where we collaborate with leading voices to discuss Islam’s solutions to 21st century challenges and trends.

In this episode, we’re joined by Dr. Osman Latiff, an esteemed scholar whose post-doctoral research focuses on empathy, ‘othering’, and conflict.

Topics Discussed

🔹 Empathy & Othering in Conflict: Dr. Latiff shares his insights on how these concepts manifest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

🔹 Rehumanising the Palestinians: Practical steps and philosophical frameworks for countering dehumanisation.

🔹 Was Mandela a Terrorist?: A provocative question exploring resistance, terrorism, and how narratives change over time.

🔹 Media Language & Its Impact: The significance of language choices such as “Palestinians” vs “Israeli people”, “killed” vs “died”, and “hostages” vs “prisoners of war”.

🔹 Global Dehumanisation: Other current situations where ‘otherisation’ and dehumanisation are at play.

🔹 The Power of Narrative: Discussing the African proverb, “Until the lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.”

🔹 Mechanics of ‘Otherisation’: How this process works, who instigates it, and the role mainstream media plays.

🔹 Religious Perspectives: Examining examples of otherisation from the Qur’an and Sunnah. 🔹 Challenging Dehumanisation: Strategies and tactics used in various conflicts to counter ‘othering’.

🔹 Post 9/11 Islamophobia: Is the rise of Islamophobia an orchestrated effort, and what does the future hold?