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Twenty years after 9/11, producers and hosts Anisa Khalifa and Khadija Khalil explore what it meant to come of age in that moment. With a lineup of amazing guests who, like us, grew up Muslim in the shadow of 9/11, we’ll dig into how that changed the trajectories of our lives, and how the experience differed either side of the Atlantic.
Muslim in Plain Sight features interviews with artists, activists, academics, religious leaders, and more. As a generation, we were just discovering our own voices when they were suddenly silenced from mainstream narratives. Instantly, we became both invisible and hypervisible.
Our conversations here are a small attempt to remedy that erasure. Join us as we talk about how our world changed, and how we changed the world.
Follow us on Twitter at @mipspod. Email us at musliminplainsight@gmail.com.

Muslim in Plain Sight Anisa Khalifa and Khadija Khalil

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Twenty years after 9/11, producers and hosts Anisa Khalifa and Khadija Khalil explore what it meant to come of age in that moment. With a lineup of amazing guests who, like us, grew up Muslim in the shadow of 9/11, we’ll dig into how that changed the trajectories of our lives, and how the experience differed either side of the Atlantic.
Muslim in Plain Sight features interviews with artists, activists, academics, religious leaders, and more. As a generation, we were just discovering our own voices when they were suddenly silenced from mainstream narratives. Instantly, we became both invisible and hypervisible.
Our conversations here are a small attempt to remedy that erasure. Join us as we talk about how our world changed, and how we changed the world.
Follow us on Twitter at @mipspod. Email us at musliminplainsight@gmail.com.

    Fake personas and real surveillance with Johana Bhuiyan

    Fake personas and real surveillance with Johana Bhuiyan

    Johana Bhuiyan is a senior tech reporter and editor at The Guardian. A born and raised New Yorker now residing in San Francisco, she's been a journalist since 2013, and has previously worked at the Los Angeles Times, Recode, BuzzFeed News, and Politico.
    Johana talks about growing up in New York after 9/11, and how the current state of surveillance of marginalised communities has evolved over the last 20 years. She shares her personal experiences as a hijab-wearing Muslim woman in newsrooms and other places throughout her career, how she got into the very specific field of tech accountability, and what it's like to see her work result in real-world change.
    Note: we recorded this interview back in November, so bear that in mind when we make time references.
    References:
    https://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-amazon-drivers-tips-20190207-story.html (Johana's reporting) about Amazon withholding tips from drivers, which led to a https://www.latimes.com/business/technology/story/2021-02-02/amazon-ftc-fine-flex-driver-tips (massive settlement)
    https://www.latimes.com/business/technology/story/2021-02-09/dahua-facial-recognition-china-surveillance-uighur (Camera company would identify Uyghurs and alert police)
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/nov/17/police-surveillance-technology-voyager (Voyager, the tech that scrapes social media feeds to "predict crime")
    https://bridge.georgetown.edu/research/factsheet-the-nypd-muslim-surveillance-and-mapping-program/ (The NYPD's Muslim Surveillance and Mapping Program)
    https://www.npr.org/2021/11/08/1052567444/supreme-court-to-hear-arguments-on-fbis-surveillance-of-mosques (Supreme Court hears case on FBI surveillance of California Muslims)
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/nov/07/lapd-predictive-policing-surveillance-reform (The harms of the LAPD's former predictive policing program)
    Follow Johana on https://twitter.com/JMBooyah (Twitter) and check out her work.
    Follow us on https://www.twitter.com/mipspod (Twitter). Email us at musliminplainsight@gmail.com. https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/anisakhalifa (Support the show).
    Hosts and Producers: Anisa Khalifa and Khadija Khalil
    Editor: Anisa Khalifa
    Consulting Producer: Paroma Chakravarty

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Every little thing can create a change with Senator Mehreen Faruqi

    Every little thing can create a change with Senator Mehreen Faruqi

    Dr. Mehreen Faruqi is the Greens Senator for New South Wales in the Australian Parliament and the first Muslim woman to hold public office in the history of Australia. She is a civil and environmental engineer and lifelong activist for social and environmental justice. Mehreen tells us about migrating to Australia from Pakistan, how she made a home and then a political career down under, and how things changed in Australia post-9/11. We cover the rise of right-wing populism, the influence of media on government, dealing with Islamophobic abuse and harassment, how environmental justice is inextricable from racial justice, and why grassroots politics is the best way to make change.
    References:
    Buy Mehreen's excellent memoir, Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud, https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/other-books/Too-Migrant-Too-Muslim-Too-Loud-Mehreen-Faruqi-9781760878184 (here).
    https://fb.watch/ajmFPslrR6/ (Watch her first speech to the Australian Senate), which went viral. https://mehreen-faruqi.greensmps.org.au/articles/mehreens-first-speech (Transcript here).
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1048520025213111andtype=3 (Love Letters to Mehreen), her tongue-in-cheek response to hateful messages.
    https://fb.watch/ajmQwS0PiL/ (Mehreen calls out) right-wing Murdoch media outlet Sky News, and it is so satisfying.
    Follow Mehreen on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram @MehreenFaruqi.
    Follow us on https://www.twitter.com/mipspod (Twitter). Email us at musliminplainsight@gmail.com. https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/anisakhalifa (Support the show).
    Hosts and Producers: Anisa Khalifa and Khadija Khalil
    Editor: Anisa Khalifa
    Consulting Producer: Paroma Chakravarty

    • 1 hr 17 min
    At armslength, under a miscroscope with Dr. Khadijah Elshayyal

    At armslength, under a miscroscope with Dr. Khadijah Elshayyal

    Dr. Khadijah Elshayyal, Associate Fellow at the Alwaleed Centre (University of Edinburgh) and specialist in contemporary British Muslim history, joins us this episode to trace the changing relationship of British Muslims and the state, before and after 9/11.
    Khadijah relives her experience of the day of the 7/7 bombings in London and looks at its impact on counter-terrorism policy, and the initiation of the Prevent strategy. We finish with a discussion on the dark legacies of empire, what "identity politics" really means, and whether we can close the chasm of rights inequalities to claim citizenship - and humanity - on an equal footing, while retaining our Muslim identities.
    References
    https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/muslim-identity-politics-9781838602048/ (Muslim Identity Politics: Islam, activism and equality in Britain) by Dr. Khadijah Elshayyal (IB Tauris, 2020)
    Find Khadijah on Twitter https://twitter.com/DrKElshayyal (@DrKElshayyal).
    Follow us on https://www.twitter.com/mipspod (Twitter). Email us at musliminplainsight@gmail.com. https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/anisakhalifa (Support the show).
    Hosts and Producers: Anisa Khalifa and Khadija Khalil
    Editor: Khadija Khalil
    Consulting Producer: Paroma Chakravarty

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Making space for the discourse of justice with Dr. Jasmine Gani [Part 2]

    Making space for the discourse of justice with Dr. Jasmine Gani [Part 2]

    Dr. Jasmine Gani, a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of St. Andrews, sits down with us for a deeply moving conversation about her journey through the academy, as a student and a teacher, as well as her experiences with community organizing. Our discussion was so wide-ranging that we had to split it into two parts! https://musliminplainsight.captivate.fm/episode/6 (Listen to Part 1).
    In Part 2, Jasmine tells us why she chose academia as a career, the sacred duty of mentorship, and how and why we make space for the discourse of justice.
    References:
    Find Jasmine’s work on https://jasminekgani.wordpress.com/ (her blog).
    On the horrors of extraordinary rendition, read about https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v32/n09/gareth-peirce/america-s-non-compliance (Gareth Peirce's work) and the https://www.therenditionproject.org.uk/prisoners/arar.html (infamous case of Maher Arar).
    https://psychology.umbc.edu/files/2016/10/White-Privilege_McIntosh-1989.pdf (Peggy McIntosh initially coined) the “invisible backpack” metaphor Anisa mentions for white privilege, but it has since been adopted to describe the trauma of racialisation and/or abuse.
    Follow us on https://www.twitter.com/mipspod (Twitter). Email us at musliminplainsight@gmail.com. https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/anisakhalifa (Support the show).
    Hosts and Producers: Anisa Khalifa and Khadija Khalil
    Consulting Producer: Paroma Chakravarty

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Putting the humanity into history with Dr. Jasmine Gani [Part 1]

    Putting the humanity into history with Dr. Jasmine Gani [Part 1]

    Dr. Jasmine Gani, a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of St. Andrews, sits down with us for a deeply moving conversation about her journey through the academy, as a student and a teacher, as well as her experiences with community organizing. Our discussion was so wide-ranging that we had to split it into two parts!
    In Part 1, we talk about confronting the open and extreme hostility against Muslims after 9/11, university life, being thrust into activism, and how we can find support and friendship in unexpected places.
    References:
    Read Jasmine’s https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/09670106211054901 (brilliant article) on how Europe's militarism is rooted in the racialisation of Islam and Muslims, and how that's internalised by postcolonial states like Syria.
    Find Jasmine’s other work on https://jasminekgani.wordpress.com/ (her blog).
    Follow us on https://www.twitter.com/mipspod (Twitter). Email us at musliminplainsight@gmail.com. https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/anisakhalifa (Support the show).
    Hosts and Producers: Anisa Khalifa and Khadija Khalil
    Editor: Khadija Khalil
    Consulting Producer: Paroma Chakravarty

    • 1 hr 11 min
    A brief history of American Islamophobia post-9/11 with Anisa Khalifa

    A brief history of American Islamophobia post-9/11 with Anisa Khalifa

    Anisa presents a brief oral history of Islamophobia in the US in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. We often reference "what Muslims went through" but what exactly did that involve? We cover the big stuff, the little stuff, and how it all formed the epicenter of a global campaign of terror and violence that targeted over a billion people. Including: the ideological framing of a political phenomenon, the state's exclusive right to kill, and the two sides of American exceptionalism.
    References:
    https://anisakhalifa.medium.com/the-long-costs-of-islamophobia-54f6d93e81b4 (The long costs of Islamophobia) by Anisa Khalifa
    Citations Needed on https://soundcloud.com/citationsneeded/news-brief-colin-powell-stumbling-empire-personified (whitewashing Colin Powell's legacy) and their excellent series on anti-Muslim racism in Hollywood: https://soundcloud.com/citationsneeded/episode-113-hollywood-anti-muslim-racism-part-1-action-and-adventure-schlock (Part I) https://soundcloud.com/citationsneeded/episode-114-anti-muslim-racism-in-hollywood-part-ii-oscar-bait-imperialism (Part II) https://soundcloud.com/citationsneeded/ep-115-hollywood-anti-muslim-racism-part-iii-how-the-pentagon-cia-sponsor-american-mythmaking (Part III)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvnLtMKzX6Y (Barbara Lee’s speech) on September 14, 2001, as she voted against the invasion of Afghanistan
    https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/01/09/us-secret-evidence-erodes-fair-trial-rights# (Secret evidence) and https://www.aclu.org/other/fact-sheet-extraordinary-rendition (extraordinary rendition) to CIA black sites, where people were detained and tortured before being put in Guantanamo Bay: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/29/in-first-guatanamo-detainee-details-cia-torture-in-court (One prisoner's recent testimony)
    George W. Bush’s now infamous address on September 20, 2001: https://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2001/09/20010920-8.html ("You're either with us, or you're with the terrorists")
    The FBI's COINTELPRO-like https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/nov/16/fbi-entrapment-fake-terror-plots (program of entrapment) https://washingtonbabylon.com/seven-questions-for-leena-al-arian-about-fbi-entrapment-the-criminalization-of-muslim-americans-and-the-israel-lobby/ (targeting ordinary Muslims)
    (Anisa regrets to say that, despite declaring she will never forget it, she in fact misquoted the statistic that https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/01/us/politics/white-women-helped-elect-donald-trump.html (53% of white women voted for Trump in 2016).)
    Follow us on https://www.twitter.com/mipspod (Twitter). Email us at musliminplainsight@gmail.com. https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/anisakhalifa (Support the show).
    Hosts and Producers: Anisa Khalifa and Khadija Khalil
    Editor: Khadija Khalil
    Consulting Producer: Paroma Chakravarty

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MashaAllah

MashaAllah! You girls are natural! It is delightful to listen to intelligent young ladies with a sense of humor. Listening to the episodes, I can relate on so many levels, even though I was not in USA at the time of 9/11.

I am happy and proud that you started this podcast. As you said, our generation is silent or has been silenced, and it’s great to hear you speak up and shed some light onto the subject. It gives a much needed outlet for emotions, thoughts, reflections in a healthy way.

Also, I was not familiar with the guest speakers and some information you have been presenting in the episodes, so thank you for educating me. Great job on choosing awesome people to interview! I’m looking them up on social media as I learn. They are truly inspirational!

This has been such an enlightening podcast so far with three episodes and I’m definitely looking forward to more.

Jazak Allah Khayr 🌸

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