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This Being Human
38 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
Graffiti Artist Mohammed Ali AKA Aerosol Arabic
Under the name Aerosol Arabic, Mohammed Ali became a pioneer in blending street art with Arabic script and imagery. He has made murals, installations, and theatrical productions around the world, from his native Birmingham, UK, to the US, Australia, and even the Vatican. He talks about developing his style and why he believes graffiti is both an ancient art and an innate part of humanity. If you enjoyed this episode and want to learn more, go to agakhanmuseum.org/thisbeinghuman Additional resources: Watch Mohammed’s TEDxTalk at The Vatican: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhZlZizd2HA Learn more about his project Waswasa, which you can visit in Birmingham, UK from August 25th to September 3rd: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/waswasa-whispers-in-prayer-2/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
34 minutes | Jun 14, 2022
East African Retro-Pop Singer Alsarah
With her band Alsarah and the Nubatones, Alsarah brings a modern sensibility to the music she grew up with in Sudan. She talks to host Abdul-Rehman Malik about developing her unique sound, the music she carried with her when she left home, and how the public library played a crucial role in her artistic awakening. If you enjoyed this episode and want to learn more, go to agakhanmuseum.org/thisbeinghuman Additional resources: Watch Alsarah and the Nubatones perform at NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daXGLo4aeFQ Find more of Alsarah’s music and videos here: https://lnk.bio/alsarah?fbclid=IwAR0wOUkkT2Bb4rFe44nmoFLAAE5yqf7Pb36-JuKE4Ckgcbw0QL3FaX43nT4 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
36 minutes | May 31, 2022
Son Of Elsewhere author Elamin Abdelmahmoud
Elamin Abdelmahmoud's new book "Son of Elsewhere" is about struggling to find a place between two worlds: his birthplace of Sudan and his home in Canada. He talks to host Abdul-Rehman Malik about what it was like to show up in an Ontario town as an African pre-teen who spoke no English; how WWE wrestling gave him an entry point to Canadian society; and why he wants his daughter to grow up feeling the burden of being from "elsewhere." Elamin Abdelmahmoud is a culture writer for BuzzFeed News and hosts the CBC podcast Pop Chat. If you enjoyed this episode and want to learn more, go to agakhanmuseum.org/thisbeinghuman Additional resources: More info on Son Of Elsewhere: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/611405/son-of-elsewhere-by-elamin-abdelmahmoud/9780771002229 Read Elamin’s essay “A father's letter to an infant daughter: 'I wanted my last name to be a burden'”: https://www.macleans.ca/opinion/a-fathers-letter-to-an-infant-daughter-i-wanted-my-last-name-to-be-a-burden/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
36 minutes | May 17, 2022
Gulshan Khan documents Muslim culture in South Africa
Gulshan Khan talks about her path from advocacy to becoming an acclaimed photojournalist. She also discusses her ongoing project documenting Muslim culture in South Africa, and how apartheid, which ended in her childhood, continues to affect her country. If you enjoyed this episode and want to learn more, go to agakhanmuseum.org/thisbeinghuman ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: The Things We Carry With Us, Gulshan’s series on Islam in South Africa: www.gulshankhan.com/the-things-we-carry-with-us Time’s 100 best photos of 2018, including one by Gulshan: time.com/2018-photos/ Gulshan’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/gulshanii/?hl=en See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
37 minutes | May 3, 2022
Futurist Mark Gonzales on building empathy
Mark Gonzales is chair of the Department of the Future, a future design firm, but much of his work involves looking to the past. He believes the key to a better society is not just about the latest technology, but also about things like ancestral wisdom and sharing meals. Mark talks about what he calls "empathy technology," how he overcame trauma in his own life, and why he remains hopeful about the future, despite some of the challenges society is currently facing. If you enjoyed this episode and want to learn more, go to agakhanmuseum.org/thisbeinghuman ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Website for the Department of the Future: https://www.deptofthefuture.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29 minutes | Apr 19, 2022
Novelist Fariha Róisín on moving past trauma
Faria Róisín spent 18 years working on her debut novel, Like a Bird, since dreaming about it as a child. She talks to Abdul-Rehman Malik about art, migration, the "new Muslim Renaissance" and how writing helped her deal with childhood trauma. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28 minutes | Apr 5, 2022
Journalist Yasir Khan on storytelling and belonging
Yasir Khan has covered wars, revolutions, and has chased camels through the Australian Outback. As a journalist and documentary filmmaker, he has worked for outlets including CBC, CNN, Al Jazeera and Euronews, and is currently editor-in-chief of Thomson Reuters Foundation. He talks about lessons from his career, including how he avoided becoming the "Muslim correspondent," and how empathy may have literally saved his life. If you enjoyed this episode and want to learn more, go to agakhanmuseum.org/thisbeinghuman Further resources: Watch Yasir Khan’s documentary “Camels in the Outback”: https://www.aljazeera.com/program/al-jazeera-world/2014/12/26/camels-in-the-outback See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28 minutes | Mar 22, 2022
Photographer Aïda Muluneh
Aïda Muluneh's photographs are almost like paintings, featuring women in majestic outfits and facepaint, set against vivid, stylized backdrops. She talks about developing her artistic voice, the role of spirituality in her work, her series on Islam in Ethiopia, and what she thinks Westerners get wrong about African art. Aïda Muluneh is the founder of the Addis Foto Fest in Ethiopia and the company Desta for Africa Creative Consulting. If you enjoyed this episode and want to learn more, go to agakhanmuseum.org/thisbeinghuman Additional resources: See Aïda’s work on her website: aidamuluneh.com Aïda’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aidamuluneh/ Addis Foto Fest: http://addisfotofest.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
32 minutes | Mar 8, 2022
NASA's Farah Alibay on Life Beyond Earth
Farah Alibay often sounds more like a philosopher than an engineer. She works at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she helps operate the Perseverance Rover, which searches for evidence of ancient life on Mars. She talks about how her job has changed her views of Earth, her rise through a male-dominated field, and why she thinks the prospect of extraterrestrial life raises major questions around how we understand humanity. If you enjoyed this episode and want to learn more, go to agakhanmuseum.org/thisbeinghuman This Being Human is generously supported by The Aga Khan Museum. If you would like to support the Museum, please visit https://agakhanmuseum.org Additional resources: Follow Farah on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FarahAlibay Follow the Perseverance Rover on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NASAPersevere/ Read more about the Perseverance Rover: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
31 minutes | Feb 22, 2022
The Re-invention of Little Mosque's Zarqa Nawaz
Zarqa Nawaz is going through a bit of a rebirth. It's been roughly decade since the end of her hit show 'Little Mosque on the Prairie'. Recently, Zarqa got into stand-up comedy, she's about to star in the web series ZARQA, and she is on the verge of releasing her first novel, 'Jameela Green Ruins Everything', a dark comedy about American intervention in the Middle East. Zarqa talks about using comedy to address uncomfortable or taboo topics, from dating and divorce in Muslim culture, to the rise of ISIS. She also discusses how she has dealt with backlash from her community and what it's like to step out from behind the camera. If you enjoyed this episode and want to learn more, click here for show notes, biographies, and additional resources relating to this conversation. This Being Human is generously supported by The Aga Khan Museum. For more on the Museum, please visit https://agakhanmuseum.org/ Additional resources: ZARQA official trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hP9NVAZUdHA Zarqa’s website: https://zarqanawaz.com/ Zarqa’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therealzarqa/?hl=en Jameela Green Ruins Everything: https://zarqanawaz.com/books/jameela-green-ruins-everything/ More on Little Mosque on the Prairie: https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/little-mosque-on-the-prairie See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8 minutes | Jan 11, 2022
BONUS: Tea or Coffee?
In this bonus episode, we share rapid-fire Q&As with food writer Anissa Helou, photographer Tasneem Alsultan, performance artist Wafaa Balal and women’s rights advocate Dr. Alaa Murabit. Thanks for listening to This Being Human. Stay tuned for Season 2. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
34 minutes | Dec 28, 2021
Hamid Dabashi calls himself “the first Muslim intellectual.” He is the author of more than twenty books, a consultant on major Hollywood films, a curator and juror of film festivals, and a professor of Iranian Studies and comparative literature at Columbia University. He talks about how an early love of Indian musicals, his mother’s poetry and travelling storytellers led him towards a life of writing and criticism. And he reflects on his friendship with renowned cultural critic Edward Said. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
32 minutes | Dec 14, 2021
Roni Helou is a rising star from Lebanon’s fashion scene. The young designer talks about making fashion with a message, why he staged a photoshoot on a mountain of garbage, and surviving the explosion that devastated Beirut in 2020. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
32 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
Misha Euceph is the host of the podcast Tell Them, I Am and CEO of Dustlight Productions. Tell Them, I Am features major Muslim celebrities telling stories of little moments that changed their lives. She talks about her rise to podcast fame, her struggle to gain ownership over her show, and making the Quran more accessible. You can watch her Quran Book Club on her Instagram page. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
32 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
Khalid Albaih is a Sudanese political cartoonist, who publishes cartoons online under the name Khartoon! as well as in galleries and publications around the world. He talks about how Superman shaped his worldview, the dangers of his work, and why he's trying to change his relationship with the internet. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
Marina Tabassum is an acclaimed Bangladeshi architect whose work includes Bangladesh’s underground Museum of Independence and the award-winning Bait Ur Rouf Mosque. She talks about working with local materials, the rich landscape of Bangladesh’s capital city, Dhaka, and why she designed $200 mobile houses to address climate change. Marina Tabassum is the founder of Marina Tabassum Architects and the academic director of the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
31 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Ian Whiteman was a fixture of the 60’s UK music scene and member of the cult classic bands Mighty Baby and The Habibiyya. He reflects on the early early days of psychedelic rock, and talks about how Islam became a major part of that scene, leading to his own conversion and his friendship with Yusuf Islam, A.K.A. Cat Stevens. His latest album is called Poor Man’s Prayer. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
As the founder of the popular online community Muslim Mamas, Nargis Jahan-Uddin has a front row seat to the ongoing interests and concerns of Muslim mothers. She gives us a look into the contemporary online world of Muslim motherhood, and talks about her own journey from an impoverished neighbourhood of London, to creating this growing online community, which now includes a lifestyle website and a public Facebook page with over 130,000 followers. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Tasneem Alsultan is a photographer based in Saudi Arabia. Her work has documented major changes in Saudi culture for The New York Times, National Geographic and others. But she also captures the more ordinary aspects of life. She won first prize in the 2017 World Photography Organisation Awards for Saudi Tales of Loves, a series showcasing love stories of all kinds, from divorcees and widows to happily married couples. She talks about breaking stereotypes, capturing intimate moments and a time she had to wear a disguise to get the job done. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
Shahzia Sikander is a visual artist who revolutionized miniature painting, and is now widely credited for creating the neo-miniaturist movement. She looks back on her life and her thirty-year career in the arts. A retrospective of Shahzia Sikander's work, called Extraordinary Realities, is currently on display at The Morgan Library and Museum. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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