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Episode 54: We Man Up (ft. Aymann Ismail)

On this episode, Aymann Ismail, host of Slate’s Man Up podcast joins the show to discuss what it means to be a man in today’s world, what positive masculinity can look like, and how men can achieve it. Plus Makkah brings on a special guest, Rizwaan Akhtar, to learn about the spaces some men are creating to unpack their own ideas about manhood.

Episode 51: Heyyy Auntie! (ft. The Village Auntie)

The Village Auntie herself, Angelica Lindsey-Ali, joins us to discuss the importance of owning your sexual health and finding spaces to explore issues around intimacy, pleasure and womanhood.

GUEST: Angelica Lindsey-Ali, @villageauntie, is a community scholar whose research interests include the West African roots of African American Islamic identity and the role of sacred sexuality within West and East African cultures. She is a certified sexual health educator has been working in the field of public health for the last 15 years and has been providing 1-on-1 support to women for 20+ years.

Episode 50: 30 Feet From Stardom (ft. Dalia Mogahed)

This week, we talk about what it feels like to be recognized in public and the special brand of online vitriol that is reserved just for women. Plus Dalia Mogahed chats with us about whether the costs of being a Muslim woman with a public profile outweigh the benefits and shares what motivates her to keep going, despite the backlash.

Guest: Dalia Mogahed, @DMogahed, is the Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, where she leads the organization’s pioneering research and thought leadership programs on American Muslims. She is a frequent expert commentator in global media outlets and international forums. With John L. Esposito, Dalia co-authored the book Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think and was appointed to President Obama’s advisory council on faith-based and neighborhood partnerships in 2009. Dalia’s 2016 TED talk was named one of the top TED talks that year. She is also the CEO of Mogahed Consulting.

 

Episode 49: Taking Up the Spiritual Path (ft. Joshua Abdul Haqq)

When you’re looking to get deeper in your faith there a lot of options out there from meditation to yoga to spiritual retreats, how do you navigate it all? Reoccurring guest Joshua Abdul Haqq (aka Ikhlas’ husband) comes on the show to talk about his forthcoming podcast, “Three Stations of the Deen,” and why he decided to take up the spiritual path (tariqa). Makkah’s nephew, Tariq, also comes back on the show to share tips on how to maintain your Qur’an study.

Episode 48: Do the Ramy-dan (ft. Ramy Youssef)

To mark the halfway point of Ramadan we check in on how we’re doing on those #RamadanGoals and chat with actor, comedian, and writer Ramy Youssef about how his Ramadan has been going in the wake of the release of his new Hulu show Ramy, what his hopes are for show, and the challenges and opportunities that we face when trying to tell our stories.

Episode 46: What’s Really Good for the Muslims? (ft. Besheer Mohamed)

Ikhlas and Makkah chat about how Muslims talk about Muslims, how Hollywood talks about Muslims and have Besheer Mohamed, Senior Researcher at the Pew Research Center, to tell us what the data says about Muslims. What we’re looking to find out: what’s really good for the ummah?

 
Guest: Besheer Mohamed is a Senior Researcher at Pew Research Center. He is an expert on the views, demographic profile and size of U.S. Muslim communities. He also has extensive experience with computational science, as well as developing best practices for quantitative data collection on small populations. Mohamed has appeared in numerous media outlets and regularly briefs policymakers, academics and other important stakeholders. He has also published in traditional academic publications through Oxford University Press and NYU Press, along with the American Sociological Association’s magazine, Contexts. He received his doctorate in sociology and master’s degree in Middle East Studies from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Cornell University.

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