Sam Harris Making Sense Podcast Ep 82 People, Articles, Books, Etc Mentioned

In episode 82 of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris talks with journalist and author Graeme Wood about his experience in meeting with ISIS members in his latest book The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State. 


People Mentioned In The Podcast

Graeme Wood - Author of The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State

Hamza Yusuf - An American Islamic scholar and a proponent of classical learning in Islam. Widely considered the most influential Islamic scholar in the Western world.

John Walker Lindh -  A US citizen who was fighting for Al Queda, and captured during the initial phases of the war in Afghanistan.

Abū Bakr al-Baghdadi - Leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

James Wright Foley - Was an American journalist and reporter. He was abducted while covering the Syrian civil war and was ultimately beheaded. The video of the beheading was initially uploaded to Youtube but quickly deleted.

Jürgen Todenhöfer - A German journalist and was the first Western journalist to visit ISIS territory. He subsequently wrote the book My Journey into the Heart of Terror: 10 Days in the Islamic State to describe his experience.

Reza Aslan - An Iranian-American author and television host regularly seen on CNN. (You can see a debate of Reza and Sam below:

Tariq Ramadan - Is a Swiss Muslim scholar and philosopher. He was named by Foreign Policy  as one of the 100 most influential thinkers in the world in various years.

Mehdi Hasan - A British political journalist and currently hosts Al Jezeera's Upfront and the Intercept's Deconstructed podcast. 

Dean Obeidallah - A lawyer turned writer turned comedian. Featured in the highly acclaimed "Axis of Evil" comedy special.

John Georgelas (Yahya al-Bahrumi) - A senior ISIS member and considered the most important American in the group.

Turki al-Binali - Bahraini Islamic scholar and senior member of ISIS who was killed in an airstrike on May 31, 2017

Musa Cerantonio - An Australian jihadist preacher, John Georgelas' pupil


The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State by Graeme Wood

Articles and Other Media Mentioned

Why We Hate You and Why We Fight You (article discovered by Wood to be written by John Georgelas, a senior member of ISIS)

Dabiq - An ISIS magazine

Jihadis Next Door - A documentary produced and directed by James Roberts. Khuram Shazad Butt, one of the three terrorists of the London Bridge attack, was featured in the documentary.

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