234 episodes

Some queer Arabs run a podcast together!

The Queer Arabs Alia, Ellie, Ahmed, Nadia and Adam

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 47 Ratings

Some queer Arabs run a podcast together!

    Episode 215 [in English]: A Whole Lot of Stuff

    Episode 215 [in English]: A Whole Lot of Stuff

    We’re back with an episode with Alia, Ellie, and Nadia talking about: – An incredible show Nadia saw called LINES about the interconnected histories of Palestine, Uganda, and the UK through prison systems  – Participating in Palestine protests and college encampments around us (and how college students are doing a better job of building a movement as they go than most of us) – Why protests and direct action can sometimes be *good* for mental health, actually – Nadia’s organizing work with @dancers_for_palestine – Anti-BDS laws, anti-protest laws, and anti-bail fund laws across the US – Alia goes to @laylitparty…

    • 58 min
    Episode 214 [in English]: Hannah Moushabeck

    Episode 214 [in English]: Hannah Moushabeck

    Hannah Moushabeck is a second-generation Palestinian American author, editor, and book marketer. She is the author of Homeland: My Father Dreams of Palestine, a children’s book about three girls who experience Palestine through bedtime stories. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts on the homelands of the Pocumtuc and Nipmuc Nations. Hannah talks about growing up in  New York, Massachusetts, and the UK while her family ran an Arab independent publishing house. She discusses how representation in children’s books has and hasn’t changed since her childhood, with a clear uptick in queer stories but very few Palestinian stories. Hannah recounts the variety…

    • 56 min
    Episode 213 [in English]: Yaffa

    Episode 213 [in English]: Yaffa

    Yaffa is a trans displaced Palestinian activist, engineer, death and birthing doula, peer support specialist, and artist. They are the Executive Director of Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity and recently released their book of poetry Blood Orange, raising funds for queer and trans Palestinian work.  In this episode, Yaffa reads a poem from Blood Orange, and we reflect on the cognitive dissonance of diaspora, wondering “which cut from your paycheck killed your cousin.” Yaffa discusses their work in peer support, and how we can find alternatives to an individualized, compartmentalized, escapist framing of self care, witnessing each other’s…

    • 1 hr
    Episode 212 [in English]: Hijab Butch Blues

    Episode 212 [in English]: Hijab Butch Blues

    Lamya H., author of Hijab Butch Blues, joined us for a wonderful episode! Lamya talks about the line between invisibility and hypervisibility as a brown person in hijab in the US, alternatively overlooked or policed. She discusses her path into Queer Muslim community as well as her mixed experiences in both Arab and Desi spaces as someone born in a South Asian country who grew up in the Gulf. We also talk about the differences between culturally- and religiously-specific queer communities and the issues with policing borders around identity.  They also mention how quickly Queer Muslim communities have become more…

    • 46 min
    Episode 211 [in English]: Mental Health for Liberation

    Episode 211 [in English]: Mental Health for Liberation

    Finlay Sarafa McHale is a queer Iraqi/Chaldean-American clinical social worker currently facilitating a free peer support group for queer SWANA people. They joined us for a wonderful conversation about how mental healthcare can be a tool for political liberation rather than means of detaching from it.  Finlay discusses censorship and Zionism in the mental health field, the challenges of developing culturally responsive practices in a profession with white-centric roots, and the myth of therapy as apolitical. They explain how traditionally strict expectations of “non-disclosure” regarding therapists’ personal or political perspectives can widen the power gap between therapist and client and…

    • 39 min
    Episode 210 [in English]: Heterosexuals for Palestine

    Episode 210 [in English]: Heterosexuals for Palestine

    Leila Mire is a PhD candidate in Performance Studies at UC Berkeley, as well as a dancer, choreographer, organizer, and sometimes disorganized person. She researches Palestinian dance and the role of dance in US and Israeli cultural imperialism. We discuss the misleading implications of certain “coexistence art” which locates interpersonal prejudice as the source of conflict while deliberately glossing over systemic inequality. As Leila puts it, while art can build bridges, a bridge built on uneven ground is just a dysfunctional seesaw.  We also talk about Martha Graham, cultural appropriation as a foundation of US modern dance, the Cold War-era…

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Hamour Baika ,

Necessary conversations

I discovered this podcast since one of my favorite authors, Saleem Haddad, was on the show. The hosts and guests discuss a variety of fun and necessary topics. Thanks so much for your work.

Yaz.Al ,

Feeling alone

I’ve felt alone as a queer Arab for so long because my Arab family disowned me when I came out. This podcast has helped me feel Arab again and more connected to my heritage. Thank you!

WHJ112 ,

Excellent podcast

I don't typically listen to podcasts but I am now a devoted listener of The Queer Arabs. Hosts Alia, Ellie, Ahmed and Kilian lead thoughtful discussions on queer Arab identity in America and abroad. Guest speakers are common and come from a range of professional backgrounds, from artists and journalists to activists and doctors. Highly recommended!

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