Season 6,

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

June 26, 2019

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.

  • What is it like to be (almost) famous? [2:19]
  • The backlash against Muslim women in leadership who dare to speak truth to power. [10:51]
  • Dalia’s take on being a “professional Muslim.” [23:27]
  • The cost-benefit analysis behind being a vocal Muslim leader. [30:21]
  • Advice for young women leaders in the spotlight on staying grounded. [39:00]

“Women are seen as the vessel of culture and all that is normative ethics and so they’re implicitly seen as being the role model. Whereas men don’t get that kind of weight put on them.”


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