Month: March 2017

Episode 15: The Good and the Bad (ft. #GoodMuslimBadMuslim)

In episode 15, two podcast worlds collide. #GoodMuslimBadMuslim hosts Taz Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh discuss podcasting while Muslim, Iranian, Bengali, American, feminist, comedian, artist, activist…(you get the point). We talk about what it’s like to walk the fine line between what it means to be a good and bad Muslim — and no we’re not talking about hijab.

Guests:
Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed, @tazzystar, is an activist, storyteller and politico based in Los Angeles.

Zahra Noorbakhsh, @ZahraComedy, is a writer, actor and comedian based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Listen to #GoodMuslimBadMuslim: http://www.goodmuslimbadmuslim.com

All this month, we’re also asking you to tell a friend about a podcast they’ll love. Right now, think of a friend, your mom, anyone you care about—what podcast would they really love. Got it? Now do it—tell them about it in real life or on social media, and if they don’t know about podcasts, show them how! Tell us what you recommended with #Trypod. 

Meet the women behind Identity Politics, here’s our interview with Wellesley Underground: http://wellesleyunderground.com/post/158516234587/followfriday-the-badass-women-of-identity

Episode Details:

(1:05) Ikhlas and Makkah are recording from the same place!! Plus we shoutout our amazing listeners and share some of the feedback y’all have been sending our way.
(6:09) We share some of our favorite podcasts and ask you to do the same by using #Trypod and letting us know by tagging @identitypolpod.
(8:38) Taz and Zahra of the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast share the story of how they met and how their podcast started.
(12:13) Taz and Zahra discuss their art and activism and how the role of “Muslimness” in their work evolved over time.
(29:40) We talk about target audiences and what it was like to discover that white people listened to our podcasts.

Thanks for listening, here’s where you can find us:

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Intro and Outro Music:
RSPN by Blank and Kytt, CC-licensed: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Blank__Kytt/Heavy_Crazy_Serious/Blank__Kytt_-_Heavy_Crazy_Serious_-_08_RSPN

Episode 14: Just Muslim? (ft. Shereen Yousuf)

Is it possible to be “just Muslim?” In Episode 14, Sarrah AbuLughod and Shereen Yousuf reflect on Shia erasure and being invisible minorities in the American Muslim community.

Guests:

Sarrah AbuLughod, @SarrahABL, is the Community Engagement Manager at The Family and Youth Institute and a graduate student of Islamic Studies, Christian Muslim Relations, and Islamic Chaplaincy at Hartford Seminary.

Shereen Yousuf, @ShereenYousuf, is a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Rhetoric, Politics, and Culture Program. She has been a community organizer within the Shia community and is deeply interested in how Muslims are negotiating their sense of belonging within American Muslim communities.

Episode Details:

(1:10) Sarrah recalls the first time she was labelled as a Shia Muslim.
(4:00) Ikhlas and Makkah reflect on when they learned about the many ways that Islam is practiced throughout the world.
(12:40) We discuss what we learned about #TeamMuslim from Mahershala Ali’s Oscar Win.
(18:13) Makkah asks her friend Sarrah to break down the different experiences that Shia and Sunni Muslims have in America and gets a little advice on how to frame (and not to frame) this episode.
(27:54) A chat with Shereen about the big and small ways that Shia erasure occurs within our communities and what we can do about it.

Episode Resources:

“Shiaphobia at the Intersection and Why it Matters”
www.patheos.com/blogs/hindtrospec…d-why-it-matters/
“Someone Murdered the Prophet’s Grandson and you ask why I Mourn Him?”
sapelosquare.com/2016/10/12/someo…why-i-mourn-him/
“10 Tips to Make MSAs More Shia Friendly”
muharraminmanhattan.com/2014/11/14/msa_tips/
After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam
www.amazon.com/Shiite-Allamah-Sa…bai/dp/0873953908
The Succession to Muhammad: A Study of the Early Caliphate https://www.amazon.com/Succession-Muhammad-Study-Early-Caliphate/dp/0521646960
“Religious Authenticity in the Face of Anti-Muslim Sentiment”
www.altmuslimah.com/2017/03/religio…slim-sentiment/

Subscribe and follow Identity Politics on iTunes, Soundcloud, Acast and Stitcher so you’ll never miss an episode. And don’t forget to rate and review us: itun.es/us/oSeegb.c

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Questions, comments, suggestions? Email identitypoliticspodcast@gmail.com

Intro and Outro Music:
RSPN by Blank and Kytt, CC-licensed: freemusicarchive.org/music/Blank__K…ious_-_08_RSPN

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