Identity Politics is a podcast that features new stories and perspectives about race, gender and Muslim life in America. From pop culture to politics, each episode co-hosts Ikhlas Saleem and Makkah Ali invite guests to talk about issues impacting their lives as Muslims at the intersection of multiple identities.

Ikhlas Saleem, Creator
Makkah Ali, Executive Producer
Makkah Ali, Executive Producer
Hibba Meraay, Producer
Hibba Meraay, Producer

Ikhlas is an Atlanta-based writer, storyteller and digital media strategist, with a passion for religion, culture and education. When she isn’t podcasting, Ikhlas serves as the Director of Digital Content for Education Post, a communications nonprofit focused on improving public education. Ikhlas previously served as the Religion Editor and Web Developer for Sapelo Square: An Online Resource for Black Muslims in the United States. Ikhlas and her work have been featured in Buzzfeed and The Atlantic, and she was recently named one of “18 Muslim Women to Watch in 2018” by Muslim Girl.

Makkah is a Chicago-based podcaster, facilitator and public speaker passionate about connecting people to the resources they need to achieve their goals. Makkah serves as a Director on the Managed Organizations Team at Arabella Advisors, where she works with philanthropic partners to develop, structure and maximize the impact of social sector projects. Makkah is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Crossroads Fund which supports community organizations working on issues of racial, social and economic justice in the Chicago area. Makkah previously served as the president of the Board of Directors of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative. She has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and on NPR. 

Ikhlas and Makkah are both native ATLiens, graduates of Wellesley College and fellows of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (AMCLI). In addition to co-hosting the podcast, Ikhlas and Makkah are actually friends in real life.

Hibba is a DC- based advocate, storyteller and community-builder. Her work centers economic empowerment for marginalized communities. She is currently the Communications Manager at the Institute for Local Self Reliance, a national policy organization that works to fight concentrated economic and political power. In addition to podcasting, she enjoys cooking for friends and performing improv.

What People Are Saying About Us

  • “The podcast is a lot like the two 28-year-olds who run it — alternately light and serious. They don’t have to ‘code switch’ — or change how they communicate — they can just be.”—NPR
  • Listed top 14 pop culture podcasts from diverse perspectives. —Salon
  • “These Muslim women are using their skills to change the landscape of representation.” —MTV
  • “Identity Politics is reshaping the conversation on what it means to be Muslim in America.” —Images and Voices of Hope
  • Listed top 10 of Black Muslims fighting against racism and Islamophobia. —Blavity
  • “Identity Politics always delivers on giving you things to really chew on.” —Garage
  • 7 woman-centered podcasts you should be listening to. —The Mod Woman
  • “It’s just what the doctor ordered.” —Wellesley Underground
  • Ikhlas on marriage and relationships. —The Atlantic
  • Makkah on the challenges faced by Muslim women in the spotlight. —New York Times
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