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Episode 21: Coming to America (ft. Dr. Ifrah Magan)

What does home look like, feel like? This week, we’re thinking about the temporary and the permanent, the spiritual and the physical. We delve into what it’s like to come to America as a Muslim immigrant or refugee.

Guests

Maryam Adamu, @maroadamu, is a law student and former podcast guest (Episode 5 and Episode 9). Maryam interviews her mother, Khairi Adamu.

Dr. Ifrah Magan is a storyteller, social worker, and scholar. Her research focuses on the migration paths of Somali refugees in Chicago, and how ethnic and religious identities impact their resettlement and integration. Dr. Magan has over 10 years of experience working in diverse refugee communities, and is the co-founder of the first Rohingya Cultural Center in Chicago. She is currently working on her first poetry collection.

Episode Details

(00:1:05) Ikhlas and Makkah discuss how they are processing so much news about death.
(00:15:20) Maryam Adamu interviews her mom Khairi Adamu about moving from Nigeria to the United States and trying to make a home for herself and for her children.
(00:34:58) Dr. Ifrah Magan shares her story of coming to America as a Somali refugee.
(01:01:15) We talk about race, ethnicity, religion and some unique aspects of the Somali refugee experience.

Sign up for your first (or your hundredth) 5K. On October 15, Muslimahs Endure (Ikhlas is a member!) is hosting WOW Run 5K. You can run, walk or jog it in Atlanta or virtually from anywhere in the world! Register now at wowrun5k.com with our promo code: IP15 and get 15% off.

Music
Intro and Outro Music: RSPN by Blank and Kytt, CC-licensed

Episode 20: School Daze (ft. Nina Daoud)

It’s back-to-school season so we’re reflecting on our college days — the good, the bad and the formative experiences that helped shape who we are and how we understand the world today.

Guests

Nina Daoud, @shebatherapy, is a Ph.D. candidate in the Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy program at the University of Maryland and a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow. She pursues research related to the overlapping spheres of race and equity in higher education, focusing on the experiences of historically underserved students.

Monet Spells, @OhMonet, is an Interaction Designer at Huge, a digital agency in Atlanta, GA.

Boafoa Darko, @boafoa_mood, is a writer in Hollywood.

Naim Fareed is Ikhlas’ little brother.

Episode Details

(00:01:40) Nina Daoud shares her experiences and her research on #BeingBlackAndMuslim on a college campus.
(00:19:30) Our college besties, Boafoa and Monet, and share their first impressions of us and how we became friends.
(00:36:09) We talk about what we don’t miss about college and the long road to healing from the racism we experienced on campus.
(01:04:05) Monet and Boafoa reflect on what it’s been like to watch Ikhlas and Makkah’s relationship to their Muslimness evolve over the years.
(01:20:15) Ikhlas’s little brother Naim shares his experience as a Black Muslim male student and makes a compelling argument as to why we should all start wearing Allah chains.

Music

Intro and Outro Music: RSPN by Blank and Kytt, CC-licensed

Episode 19: The Things We Do for Kids (ft. Dr. Jamillah Karim)

Parents just might understand? It’s Eid al-Adha, and we want to talk about the sacrifices parents make for their kids—the joys, the challenges and why they put up with us in the first place.

Guests
Tawfiq Farraj and Yasmin Ali are a Chicago-based duo with a passion for the arts and pop culture. Yasmin is a singer and graphic artist. Tawfiq is the founder of the Facebook group “Gilmore Girls Should Be On Netflix” and “Bob Dylan Should Win the Nobel Prize,” two things that happened in 2016.

Lauren Schreiber @food4theory is an artist, activist, and event curator with a background in youth development, arts education, and community organizing. She is currently the Executive Director of Center DC. 

Dr. Jamillah Karim @jamillahkarim an award-winning author and scholar specializing in race, gender, and Islam in America. She is a former professor of Religious Studies at Spelman College. Karim blogs for Sapelo Square, Hagar Lives and Huffington Post Religion and has written two books, American Muslim Women and Women of the Nation: Between Black Protest and Sunni Islam.

Episode Details
(00:05:19) Ikhlas reflects on the hilarious parenting lessons she learned from her own upbringing.
(00:11:08) Makkah obsesses over her favorite parent/child duo: DJ Khaled and Asahd Khaled.
(00:19:31) Expecting parents Tawfiq Farraj and Yasmin Ali discuss how they’re preparing.
(00:37:35) New mom Lauren Schreiber about what her life’s been since baby Najia arrived.
(00:49:08) Dr. Jamillah Karim joins us for a wide-ranging discussion on Hajar, climbing the professional ladder and how parenting can be the most challenging but rewarding job of all.

Music
Intro and Outro Music: RSPN by Blank and Kytt, CC-licensed

Episode 18: How to Start a Podcast

What have we been up to? What do we have planned for this season? Ikhlas and Makkah are back at it and kicking off Season 3 by answering your questions about how we make a podcast! We talk equipment, story development and what makes it all worth it.

We have a new website! Check it out at identitypoliticspod.com

Episode Details

(00:01:41) We talk about what we’ve been up to this summer.
(00:10:33) We answer your questions about us and what you need to know to start a podcast.
(00:14:30) Ikhlas talks about why she started the podcast and what was missing in the media before we hit the scene.
(00:22:16) We discuss the time consuming process of coming up with stories and getting the content to your ears.
(00:27:15) We recommend recording equipment for both the #BrokeBoys and the ballers.
(00:28:53) Why do we keep telling you to rate us on iTunes? We know it’s annoying, but don’t hate the player, hate the game.
(00:43:50) At long last, we give you a preview into what we’re going to be talking about in Season 3. Spoiler Alert: It’s lit.

Music

Intro and Outro Music: RSPN by Blank and Kytt, CC-licensed

Episode 17: Resist the Clap Back (ft. Yasmin Yonis and Margari Hill)

Maybe Drake was right, trigger fingers have turned to Twitter fingers. In the world of social justice Twitter it’s all too tempting to go for the clap back—but is that the best way to communicate and advocate for change? Ikhlas and Makkah talk to activist and prolific tweeter Yasmin Yonis and co-founder of MuslimARC (Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative) Margari Hill about race, class, privilege, healing and how to live your best life.

Guests:
Yasmin Yonis, @YasminYonis, human rights activist, writer and organizer. She’s currently a Union Theological Seminary Presidential Scholar pursuing a master’s in social ethics.

Margari Hill, @Margari_Aziza, Margari Aziza Hill is co-founder and programming director of Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC), assistant editor at AltM, columnist at MuslimMatters and co-founder of Muslims Make it Plain.

Episode Details:
(00:01:55) We talk about about how we’ve tried, succeeded and failed at clapping back. It’s not easy.
(00:06:20) We interview Yasmin Yonis about what it means to be woke, self-care vs. healing and navigating debates in the Twitterverse.
**We care about sound quality as much as you do—we promise! We had some technical difficulties so it’s not up to our standard but you know we always deliver on the content so please keep listening.**
(00:29:20) Yasmin remembers the time she called out Chelsea Clinton and the other time she angered Muslim men online by talking about sex.
(00:32:27) We interview Margari Hill about anti-racism work and being Black, Muslim and a woman in these spaces.
(00:34:03) Listen, PASS THE MIC.
(00:38:11) We talk about celebrity shaykhs and scholars and Margari coins a term that we’re definitely stealing – “Islam-o-tainment.”
(01:13:03) We say goodbye because it’s our last episode of Season 2!

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

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

Follow us on Twitter: @i_saleem, @MsMakkah and @identitypolpod
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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

Episode 16: Muslims in the Media (ft. Malika Bilal and Noreen Nasir)

Nowadays everybody wanna talk about “Muslims” and “the Media,” but what about Muslims in the media? Pop-culture enthusiast Tawfiq Farraj talks to us about the representation of Muslims in TV and film and journalists Malika Bilal and Noreen Nasir join us to chat about how they balance the responsibilities of their profession with the pressures of being Muslim in the public eye.

Guests:
Tawfiq Farraj is a pop culture enthusiast, Chicago native, and founder of the Facebook group “Gilmore Girls Should Be On Netflix” and “Bob Dylan Should Win the Nobel Prize,” two things that happened in 2016.

Malika Bilal, @mmbilal, is co-host of Al Jazeera English’s “The Stream.”

Noreen Nasir, @noreensnasir, is a video producer at the Associated Press.

Episode Details:
(00:01:07) We talk about Essence’s “Woke 100 Women” and the absence of Black Muslim women.
(00:06:40) We give a HUGE shoutout to our wonderful listeners who helped us surpass 10,000 downloads!
(00:21:08) We make a prayer for Lindsay Lohan, Janet Jackson and all of the other famous maybe-Muslims.
(00:25:29) Tawfiq ranks his Top 5 Muslims in Pop Culture.
(00:31:07) We interview Malika and Noreen about what it’s like being a Muslim in the media right now.
(01:03:00) Malika and Noreen offer advice to your little cousin who wants to be a journalist one day.
(01:09:00) We share our Top 5 Muslims in Pop Culture!

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

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

Follow us on Twitter: @i_saleem, @MsMakkah and @identitypolpod
Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/identitypolitics

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

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 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:

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

Follow us on Twitter: @i_saleem, @MsMakkah and @identitypolpod

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/identitypolitics

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

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

Follow us on Twitter: @i_saleem, @MsMakkah and @identitypolpod

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/identitypolitics

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

Episode 13: Where I’m From (ft. Kameelah Rashad and Bashirah Mack)

Where are you from? No, where are you *really* from? It’s a question that many Black Americans don’t always want to or know how to answer. As Black History Month winds down, Makkah and Ikhlas speak with Kameelah Rashad and Bashirah Mack about why they decided to learn more about who they are and where they come from, and the emotional journeys that ensued.

Guests:
Bashirah Mack, @msbmack, Social Media Coordinator for Sapelo Square.

Kameelah Rashad, @KameelahRashad, founder of the Muslim Wellness Foundation and the interfaith fellow for spirituality, wellness & social justice at the University of Pennsylvania.

Episode details:
(1:08) Ikhlas and Makkah talk about what Black History Month means to them, the sometimes painful task of uncovering family history and being inspired by those who do the work.
(13:47) Conversation with Bashirah Mack and Kameelah Rashad where they discuss everything from longing to know their history, to connecting the family tree and figuring out what to do with the information they collect.
(53:03) Bashirah reveals DNA Ancestry results and you’ll be surprised what she finds out.

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

Follow us on Twitter: @i_saleem, @MsMakkah and @identitypolpod.
Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/identitypolitics
Check out our website: http://www.altmuslimah.com/category/culture/identity-politics

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

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

Transition music:
Emo Step Show by The Custodian of Records, CC-licensed:
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/The_Custodian_of_Records/She_Hate_Me/Emo_Step_Show

Episode 12: Poems and Pop Songs Might Not Save Us, But They Help

Do you ever feel like you exist in a world that doesn’t have space for someone like you? In Episode 12, Ikhlas interviews her good friend Yasmine Muhammad about her struggle to find her voice within Islam. We also speak with writers and poets Fatimah Asghar, Safia Elhillo and Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib about how and why they use their art to shine a light on experiences that young Muslims aren’t always encouraged to share.

Guests:
Yasmine Muhammad: Sailor in the U.S. Navy, communications specialist and mother of two.

Fatimah Asghar: Poet, educator and creator of the new webseries Brown Girls.

Safia Elhillo: Writer, poet and co-editor (with Fatimah Asghar) of HALAL IF YOU HEAR ME, a collection of writing by Muslim women, gender non conforming, queer and trans writers. Safia’s first full-length collection, The January Children, is coming soon.

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib: Poet, essayist and MTV cultural critic. His book of poetry, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, is available now.

Episode details:

(1:05) Ikhlas and Makkah talk about who you should be following on Twitter, why you should go see James Baldwin’s “I Am Not Your Negro” and the role Muslim artists play in affirming the identities of young Muslims.
(11:30) Ikhlas speaks to her longtime friend from Yasmine Muhammad about growing up as an aspiring artist and not seeing herself reflected within the Muslim community.
(25:00) A chat with artists Hanif, Fatimah and Safia on why they do the work they do.
(31:30) We’re a little obsessed with Zayn Malik and what it means to be Muslim.
(37:45) Where, unlike in your parents’ home, Fatimah talks about desire and her new web series Brown Girls. (Somehow, Zayn Malik also manages to come up again)

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: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/identity-politics-podcast/id1175472910?mt=2

Follow us on Twitter: @i_saleem, @msMakkah and @identitypolpod.
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Check out our website: http://www.altmuslimah.com/category/culture/identity-politics/

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

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

Transition music:
Broke For Free by Night Owl, CC-licensed:
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Broke_For_Free/Directionless_EP/Broke_For_Free_-_Directionless_EP_-_01_Night_Owl

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