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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.


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”…d-why-it-matters/
“Someone Murdered the Prophet’s Grandson and you ask why I Mourn Him?”…why-i-mourn-him/
“10 Tips to Make MSAs More Shia Friendly”
After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam…bai/dp/0873953908
The Succession to Muhammad: A Study of the Early Caliphate
“Religious Authenticity in the Face of Anti-Muslim Sentiment”…slim-sentiment/

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