16 episodes

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.

    Plant a tree at the apocalypse

    Plant a tree at the apocalypse

    It's the end! At least of this season. One year after we started, the week of 9/11, feels like the perfect time to say goodbye—for now. In this episode, we share our reflections on the series and sign off with our hopes for the future. Thank you for taking this emotional, cathartic, moving journey into the past with us.
    References:
    The Trojan Horse Affair vs. the British Press
    New information on the Shamima Begum case
    The Trump administration's plan to denaturalize citizens
    Follow us on Twitter. Email us at musliminplainsight@gmail.com. Support the show.
    Hosts and Producers: Anisa Khalifa and Khadija Khalil
    Editor: Anisa Khalifa
    Consulting Producer: Paroma Chakravarty

    • 51 min
    Lost and found at Guantánamo with Mansoor Adayfi

    Lost and found at Guantánamo with Mansoor Adayfi

    Mansoor Adayfi is a former Guantánamo detainee, coordinator of CAGE’s Guantánamo Project, and author. In his unforgettable, haunting memoir, Don’t Forget Us Here, he recounts his 14 years of detention, torture, resistance and brotherhood in the vile camps of Guantánamo. In this interview, Mansoor tells us how his living nightmare started, how faith, art and brotherhood sustained him, and how, amazingly, he’s held onto both his sense of humor and his hope for the future. 
    References:
    Buy Mansoor's book, Don't Forget Us Here: Lost and Found at Guantánamo
    Muslim filmmakers and activists respond to Islamophobic Sundance film Jihad Rehab
    Seton Hall University's Guantánamo Reports
    Art from Guantánamo
    Support CAGE, advocates against the injustices of the War on Terror
    Amy Goodman's interview with Mansoor, who wears his signature orange
    Follow Mansoor on social media @MansoorAdayfi
    Follow us on Twitter. Email us at musliminplainsight@gmail.com. Support the show.
    Hosts and Producers: Anisa Khalifa and Khadija Khalil
    Editor: Anisa Khalifa
    Consulting Producer: Paroma Chakravarty

    • 1 hr 53 min
    A little less fearful, a little more fierce with The Qarawiyyin Project

    A little less fearful, a little more fierce with The Qarawiyyin Project

    The Qarawiyyin Project is a global initiative aimed at reviving Islamic discourse among Muslim women. Through their work, they analyse contemporary challenges through an Islamic lens. We talk to Aisha and Sarah of TQP, who, like us, are on opposite sides of the Atlantic. Unlike us, however, they never really experienced a pre-9/11 world.
    We discuss the legacies of the early response of Muslim communities to 9/11 and the shape of the post-War on Terror world, how Muslim identity has been fashioned by apologetics instead of creed, and whether the concept of "identity" is even a meaningful benchmark for who we are or should be, as Muslims.
    Check out The Qarawiyyin Project and The Qarawiyyin Podcast. Follow The Qarawiyyin Project on Twitter and Facebook.
    References:
    I Refuse to Condemn by Dr. Asim Qureshi
    The Ummatics Colloquium
    Follow us on Twitter. Email us at musliminplainsight@gmail.com. Support the show.
    Hosts and Producers: Anisa Khalifa and Khadija Khalil
    Editor: Khadija Khalil
    Consulting Producer: Paroma Chakravarty

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Bonus: ISIS with Imam Mohamed AbuTaleb

    Bonus: ISIS with Imam Mohamed AbuTaleb

    This week we bring you a bonus episode from Me and My Muslim Friends, a podcast about Muslim identity and experiences hosted by our friend Yasmin Bendaas, and partially produced this season by Anisa at WUNC.
    In this episode, Yasmin interviews Imam AbuTaleb of the Islamic Association of Raleigh about the ideology of ISIS, or Daesh, whose rise can be directly linked to the post-9/11 US invasion of Iraq. We found Imam AbuTaleb's nuanced rebuttal of ISIS' vile rhetoric using Islamic texts a useful counterpoint to the fearmongering and misinformation about Muslim beliefs that has become so common in the last two decades.
    Find Yasmin on social media @yasminbendaas, and follow the podcast on Instagram or Twitter.
    Follow us on Twitter. Email us at musliminplainsight@gmail.com. Support the show.
    Hosts and Producers: Anisa Khalifa and Khadija Khalil
    Consulting Producer: Paroma Chakravarty

    • 28 min
    Do the right thing, at the right time, in the right way with Chaplain Joshua Salaam

    Do the right thing, at the right time, in the right way with Chaplain Joshua Salaam

    Joshua Salaam is the Muslim Chaplain at Duke University and a member of iconic musical group Native Deen. He has a Doctorate of Ministry from Hartford Seminary and has mentored youth throughout his career. He talked to us about becoming Native Deen almost by accident—or perhaps destiny—his years in the army, and how his professional life took shape post-9/11. We tackled the hard questions, like our relationship with the military as American Muslims, and how to deal with anti-Black racism in our communities. In Brother Joshua’s words, we jumped right into the ocean!  
    Check out Native Deen's music:
    "Small Deeds"
    "M.U.S.L.I.M" from Not Afraid to Stand Alone and "Worldly Satisfaction" from MYNA Raps 1999 used with permission.
    References:
    The Washington Post's 2002 feature on Native Deen
    Dr. Jamillah Karim's work on race in the Muslim community
    Follow us on Twitter. Email us at musliminplainsight@gmail.com. Support the show.
    Hosts and Producers: Anisa Khalifa and Khadija Khalil
    Consulting Producer: Paroma Chakravarty

    • 1 hr 36 min
    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:
    Johana's reporting about Amazon withholding tips from drivers, which led to a massive settlement
    Camera company would identify Uyghurs and alert police
    Voyager, the tech that scrapes social media feeds to "predict crime"
    The NYPD's Muslim Surveillance and Mapping Program
    Supreme Court hears case on FBI surveillance of California Muslims
    The harms of the LAPD's former predictive policing program
    Follow Johana on Twitter and check out her work.
    Follow us on Twitter. Email us at musliminplainsight@gmail.com. Support the show.
    Hosts and Producers: Anisa Khalifa and Khadija Khalil
    Editor: Anisa Khalifa
    Consulting Producer: Paroma Chakravarty

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

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5 Ratings

yathribgirl ,

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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