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Why Is Alcohol Banned In Islam?

See Something Say Something invites a scholar of Islam to provide history and context.

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This week on See Something Say Something, I invited Barnard Professor of Religion Najam Haider on the show to explain the role of alcohol in Islam.

We talked about the reasons alcohol was banned, Islamic law, and intoxicated Sufi mystics.

I also asked him the question that always tears my family apart when we go out to dinner: can I eat tiramisu, even though there's alcohol in it?

Can you eat things like Tiramisu if they don't get drunk? Lots of questions about Islamic law and alcohol in this w… https://t.co/TNNaODaSin

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Ahmed Ali Akbar is a podcast host for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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