Category: Episodes

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:

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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

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:

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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

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/

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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.

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Check out our website: http://www.altmuslimah.com/category/culture/identity-politics

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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

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

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