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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)

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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

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

Episode 11: White and Muslim in America

It’s time to talk about race with one group of American Muslims we don’t often hear from on this topic: white people. In Episode 11, we chat with Alex and Lauren, two young white Americans, about how being Muslim influences the way they think about, talk about and experience race.

Guests: Alex and Lauren

Episode details:

(1:01) A look back on 2016 and how the podcast went from being a hot mess to Ikhlas and Makkah realizing they might be on to something

(4:48) The #RIS2016 controversy and why racial competency is more important than ever

(11:00) Making a case for why it’s time to bring white people into conversations about race in America

(13:30) An interview with two young white Muslims about how being Muslim complicates their relationship to whiteness

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

Transition music:
Cash Rules by Ari de Niro, CC-licensed: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Ari_de_Niro/Jules_Lives/Cash_Rules
Trap Lyfe by Ari de Niro, CC-licensed: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Ari_de_Niro/Jules_Lives/Trap_Lyfe

What’s the relationship between race, religion and hip hop? Dr. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer joins us on this episode to talk about what she calls Muslim Cool—a way of being Muslim in the U.S. that explores the relationship between Islam, hip hop and popular culture.

Guest: Dr. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer

Follow @DrSuad on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSuad
Check out her website: http://www.suadabdulkhabeer.com
And you can buy Muslim Cool: Race, Religion, and Hip Hop in the United States here: http://www.suadabdulkhabeer.com/muslim-cool-book/

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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

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
05 Too Complex Instrumental by 6th Sense, CC-licensed: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/6th_Sense/Its_A_6th_Sense_Beat_Yo/05_Too_Complex_Instrumental_____6th_Sense_amp_The_Kid_Daytonamp3

Listen to four young Muslims talk about how they felt on election night, what they did after and where we can go from here.

Guests (in order of appearance):
Farha Tahir
Joshua Wilkerson
Sarina Bajwa
Maryam Adamu(featuring a quote by Paul Jackson)

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Ikhlas and Makkah are back and excited to sit down with Asma Uddin, founding editor-in-chief of AltMuslimah to talk about hijabis on Instagram, exercising our religious liberties and what it means to aspire to be the “first hijabi” anything.

Follow Asma on Twitter here: @asmauddinesq

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Ikhlas and Makkah talk deen and dunya, how to get closer to #RamadanGoals, and struggle to remember Ramadans pre-25.

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: freemusicarchive.org/music/Blank__K…ious_-_08_RSPN

Tune in for a conversation about love: how to find it, how to keep it, and what happens when you lose it. Ikhlas and Makkah speak to a few folks in different stages of their romantic journeys about relationships, marriage, and “Black Love,” that alluring concept that Barack and Michelle have us all craving.

Guests:
Imam Nadim and Mu’mina Ali, Makkah’s parents
Ihssan Tahir, @IhssanTahir, blogger at MUSLIMnLOVE
Joshua Wilkerson, Ikhlas’ husband, @AskiyaAli

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

On this episode, Ikhlas and Makkah speak to a few folks in different stages of their romantic journeys about relationships, marriage, and “Black Love,” that alluring concept that Barack and Michelle have us all craving. Tune in for this conversation about love: how to find it, how to keep it, and what happens when you lose it.

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