201 episodes

Some queer Arabs run a podcast together!

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

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 42 Ratings

Some queer Arabs run a podcast together!

    Episode 180 [in English]: Grief Houses

    Episode 180 [in English]: Grief Houses

    Caitlin Abadir-Mullally (kt) is a Coptic-American installation and social practice artist based in Philadelphia. She works to create communities for those who live between spaces. Her research dives into fear, hybridity, queerness, collective thinking, grief, and cultural loss. Caitlin Abadir-Mullally works in sculpture, performance, and relationship building. Caitlin Abadir-Mullally is pursuing a master’s degree in library and information science with a focus in archival studies. She is passionate about documenting diasporic queer Southwest Asian and North Afrikan joy and complexity, and the agency of the living to decide how their narratives are preserved. We were so excited to have Caitlin…

    Episode 179 [in English]: Mikey Amman

    Episode 179 [in English]: Mikey Amman

    We wrapped up 2021 with a wonderful conversation with Mikey Amman, fellow Capricorn, who is working in higher ed; we talked about the importance of filling the roles of educators with people who will advocate for, and relate to, the students they serve.  We discussed the challenges of navigating that system as a queer Arab; we also touched on finding the balance between honoring our queerness and staying in touch with our cultures in meaningful, fulfilling ways. Additionally, Mikey told us about the Britney fan group he started (the largest Facebook group for Britney fans!) and the community so many…

    The return of Rolla Selbak!

    The return of Rolla Selbak!

    Rolla Selbak is a Palestinian-American filmmaker, writer, and director whose work has pushed boundaries of representation for Arab, Muslim, and queer characters. We were so excited to have her back to catch up since her first episode, right at the beginning of the pandemic. Rolla’s recent projects include the short film “Finjan” (which you can watch online now) and “Ya Bint”, a dramedy TV series co-created with Dina Shihabi (currently in the works). Rolla discussed the new experience of writing for a producer’s studio after working in the indie scene and adapting to expectations about what mainstream audiences might want…

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    Episode 177 [in English]: Raed Rafei

    Episode 177 [in English]: Raed Rafei

    Raed Rafei is a Lebanese filmmaker, researcher, and multimedia journalist, currently pursuing a PhD in film and digital media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. It was a joy to have Raed back on the podcast after meeting him at the exhibit Mark for Redaction 3(!) years ago! We discussed Raed’s academic research on queer Lebanese filmmakers, focusing on perspectives that go beyond frameworks of identity politics and individual rights, and see queer communities at the forefront of broader political change.  We also talked about his first feature film “The Reconstitution of a Struggle” about the 1974 student occupation…

    Episode 176 [in English]: Mariam Bazeed

    Episode 176 [in English]: Mariam Bazeed

    Mariam Bazeed is a nonbinary Egyptian immigrant, writer, editor, spoken word artist, performer, and cook living in Brooklyn. An alliteration-leaning writer of prose, poetry, plays, and personal essays, Mariam received their MFA in Fiction from Hunter College. Their work in all genres is in print and online, and their plays have been presented in festivals in the U.S. and abroad. Mariam joined us to talk about their start as an writer, their recent dive into poetry, reconnecting with family after extended separation, the joys and challenges of making personal work public, and writing bilingually for the first time.  Their new…

    Episode 175 [in English]: Queer Migrant Men Project

    Episode 175 [in English]: Queer Migrant Men Project

    Pedro (project coordinator of The Love Tank’s London-based Queer Migrant Men Project) and Ali (volunteer with the project) joined us for this week’s episode!  The QMM project was developed in response to the wide information gap in London among migrants, causing difficulty accessing sexual health services.  When migrants don’t know the language, their rights, or about the free services available in the country, it becomes impossible for them to prevent and/or treat STIs and HIV. This is what inspired the decision to form the QMM project.  The project received funding by London Community Response this year, and now a small…

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 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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