72 Virgins and all that: The Search for Muslim Paradise


The years after the 9/11 attacks have spawned an army of selfstyled Islam experts. They seem to have all the answers about what makes Muslims tick and relish telling us how Muslim men salivate over the virgins that await them in paradise. Is this really what God’s ultimate reward boils down to? Join Abdul-Rehman Malik on a personal, meditative search for the Islamic conception of paradise.

Abdul-Rehman Malik is the programmes manager for Radical Middle Way, which promotes a mainstream, moderate understanding of Islam. He works to create platforms for debate and spiritual reflection, enabling change, promoting social justice and combating exclusion and violence. He can be heard regularly on BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought.

Abdul-Rehman Malik