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Rifelion Media presents "King of the World": a seven-part podcast series about a Pakistani American Muslim teenager who comes of age post-9/11 and, twenty years later, tries to figure out what the hell happened to him and to us. Hosted by Shahjehan Khan. America after 9/11. Living in a post 9/11 America. Phrases like these have become part of our cultural vocabulary. And in a way it makes sense, it was a day that changed everything, both for Americans and people all over the world. But for t ...
 
American Muslim Project is a weekly podcast featuring Muslims shaping America. For nearly 500 years, Muslims have had a presence in North America and have made lasting contributions to American life, culture, and history. In each episode, our podcast elevates unique Muslim voices and explores how they are currently influencing the American experience. American Muslim Project is produced by Rifelion Media. www.americanmuslimproject.com
 
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Shahjehan starts touring the East Coast as an actor in a troupe for people in long-term recovery, and meets an unanticipated fan. We wrap up the “anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, racial, racist, white supremacist kind of mindset” that took hold during Trump’s presidency and its trickle-down effects, while also examining its function as a catalyst for t…
 
Rifelion Media and American Muslim Project present King of the World, a seven-part series about a Pakistani-American Muslim who comes of age in a post 9/11 world. Shahjehan starts touring the East Coast as an actor in a troupe for people in long-term recovery, and meets an unanticipated fan. We wrap up the “anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, racial, raci…
 
Bonus Episode: Tanzila Ahmed, an artist writer, political activist, and co-host of the good Muslim bad Muslim podcast, shares her reflections on 20 years since 9/11. Follow Taz on Twitter, read her articles on Substack, and visit her website. Listeners of King of the World can share their own experiences post 9/11 and what the series means to them.…
 
Rifelion Media and American Muslim Project present King of the World, a seven-part series about a Pakistani-American Muslim who comes of age in a post 9/11 world. Bonus Episode: Tanzila Ahmed, an artist writer, political activist, and co-host of the good Muslim bad Muslim podcast, shares her reflections on 20 years since 9/11. Follow Taz on Twitter…
 
Rifelion Media and American Muslim Project present King of the World, a seven-part series about a Pakistani-American Muslim who comes of age in a post 9/11 world. Shahjehan takes us along on The Kominas international tour, where a career pinnacle at the BBC coincides with a critical relapse into substance abuse. The consequences are dire but lead t…
 
Shahjehan takes us along on The Kominas international tour, where a career pinnacle at the BBC coincides with a critical relapse into substance abuse. The consequences are dire but lead to a sincere shot at recovery with a lovable sponsor. After the Boston Marathon bombing and targeted expletives cast from a carful of dude bros, Shahjehan speaks ou…
 
Rifelion Media and American Muslim Project present King of the World, a seven-part series about a Pakistani-American Muslim who comes of age in a post 9/11 world. Bonus Episode: Listeners of King of the World share their own experiences post 9/11 and what the series means to them. Check out the Rifelion blog. Also visit podinbox.com/kingoftheworld …
 
Rifelion Media and American Muslim Project present King of the World, a seven-part series about a Pakistani-American Muslim who comes of age in a post 9/11 world. It’s 2008 and Shahjehan has just booked a one-way ticket to Pakistan. He moves in with his best friend and Kominas bandmate in Lahore, where new musical and social highs are interwoven wi…
 
It’s 2008 and Shahjehan has just booked a one-way ticket to Pakistan. He moves in with his best friend and Kominas bandmate in Lahore, where new musical and social highs are interwoven with drug relapses, encounters at gunpoint, and Al-Faida conspiracy theorists. News from his hometown mosque in Wayland reveals that a childhood friend has been conv…
 
Shahjehan and guests walk us through the history of Brown representation in Hollywood, politics, and American pop culture. From swarthy villains and caricatures with funny accents to slightly more nuanced and uncensored depictions in the early 2000s, Muslim actors move beyond making their bread by portraying terrorists as Muslim politicians and mus…
 
Rifelion Media and American Muslim Project present King of the World, a seven-part series about a Pakistani-American Muslim who comes of age in a post 9/11 world. Episode 4: The Way They Saw Us - Muslims and the Media Shahjehan and guests walk us through the history of Brown representation in Hollywood, politics, and American pop culture. From swar…
 
Shahjehan introduces us to two American Muslims profiled after 9/11 in very different ways: one’s arrival in his “dream country” nearly costs him his life as the other’s family trip becomes an interrogation. Everyone seems to be on high Muslim alert, and the American Muslim community comes out in droves to publicly denounce any and all terrorist or…
 
Rifelion Media and American Muslim Project present King of the World, a seven-part series about a Pakistani-American Muslim who comes of age in a post 9/11 world. Shahjehan introduces us to two American Muslims profiled after 9/11 in very different ways: one’s arrival in his “dream country” nearly costs him his life as the other’s family trip becom…
 
The United States initiates the War on Terror in response to 9/11, starting with Afghanistan and then moving seamlessly into Iraq, despite the disconnect. Historian Dr. Huma Gupta helps us understand Afghanistan’s relationship with the U.S. pre-9/11 and its history of being a World Power staging ground. We meet Bashir Ahmad, who shares his experien…
 
Our second episode in our special series called King of the World hosted by Shahjehan Khan. The United States initiates the War on Terror in response to 9/11, starting with Afghanistan and then moving seamlessly into Iraq, despite the disconnect. Historian Dr. Huma Gupta helps us understand Afghanistan’s relationship with the U.S. pre-9/11 and its …
 
Host Shahjehan Khan acquaints us with his family—a fivesome in a predominantly white suburb of Boston by way of Pakistan—and his conflicted identity. Despite his name literally meaning “king of the world,” young Shahjehan feels increasingly powerless. We learn three of his favorite things: a shiny red Fender Strat, weed, and figure skating. Septemb…
 
Rifelion Media and American Muslim Project present King of the World, a seven-part series about a Pakistani-American Muslim who comes of age in a post 9/11 world. Episode 1: 9/11 Host Shahjehan Khan acquaints us with his family—a fivesome in a predominantly white suburb of Boston by way of Pakistan—and his conflicted identity. Despite his name lite…
 
This week we’re joined by Babur Ilchi, program director at Campaign for Uyghurs, which works to promote and advocate for the human rights and democratic freedoms of the Uyghurs and other Turkic people in East Turkistan. Born in Hotan, China, and now living in Canada, Babur is unable to visit the grave of his grandfather, who died shortly after bein…
 
This week we chat with Uzma Jafri, unapologetically Muslim podcaster, physician, and mother of four. Hosted by Uzma and her "second-generation friend," Zaiba, with the fellow first-born problem of having a lot to say, Mommying While Muslim is a weekly podcast about the challenges and opportunities encountered by Muslims raising kids in the United S…
 
This week we’re joined by filmmaker and activist Iram Parveen Bilal. Her first feature film, a mystery thriller called Josh: Independence Through Unity, was Pakistan's first movie to be on Netflix. Her latest, I'll Meet You There, is a drama set in Chicago that covers intergenerational family conflict, the post-9/11 American Muslim experience, and …
 
Sara Minkara shares her remarkable journey a champion for disability inclusion. Imagine that the first time you meet someone, you’re in total darkness. Would you be more comfortable expressing yourself? Now turn the lights back on and think of a moment you’ve disempowered someone, intentionally or not. Learn why by asking yourself what identities y…
 
This week we are joined by Executive Vice President Mir Ali of USHUB TV, a forthcoming streaming service explicitly for Muslim content in the United States. Growing up in the bubble of Southern California, Mir interacted with his predominantly non-Muslim community the only way he knew how—by showing that he was a friendly, typical, hard-working Ame…
 
This week we invite founder and CEO of SiNON Therapeutics, Afreen Allam, to discuss the business world and her biotech start-up that's designing one pivotal particle. At 17, Afreen found herself publishing her first DNA sequence, and at 20, applying for her first patent—no big deal. We talk about how her passion was rooted in her 7.5-year stint as …
 
Salman Hameed, teacher, host, gung ho astronomer, founder, and contagiously curious intellectual, is the type of refreshing science professor we wish we’d had in undergrad. He joins AMP to talk about religion versus science, astrology, and aliens. As a Hampshire College professor of integrated science and humanities and director of the Center for t…
 
This week we speak with Kashif Shaikh, co-founder and president of Pillars Fund, a nonprofit investing in American Muslim organizations, leaders, and artists to advance equity and inclusion. Pillars, founded in 2010, aims to take tangible actions to benefit American Muslim initiatives. But rather than supporting, say, mosques or overseas work, thei…
 
This week’s special episode includes recommendations (and previously unreleased audio) from six past guests about who and what you should be following, listening to, watching, and reading. From episode 13’s Dr. Shaista Khilji, Pakistani-born George Washington University professor, prolific writer, and cofounder of the Humanizing InitiativeShaista’s…
 
This week we are joined by author, former lawyer, and expert on Islamic law, Sumbul Ali-Karamali, to discuss the decidedly unscary Sharia law. Sharia is essentially a mass of religious guidelines, meaning the path to the watering place literally and the path to righteousness religiously. Essentially, early Muslims interpreted their holy text, the Q…
 
Rais Bhuiyan is a Bangladeshi American who was shot by a white supremacist as retaliation for the attacks of September 11th, four months after arriving in the United States. He joins us on this episode of American Muslim Project to share his remarkable story and mission to promote empathy and compassion. Rais was thrilled to start his own American …
 
During the Obama administration (or was it in 1984?), a campaign known as countering violent extremism (CVE, and a profusion of other acronyms since) was initiated by intelligence and federal law enforcement agencies to identify and dissuade those prone to radicalization. The Muslim Justice League was founded in 2014 by Muslim women of one CVE pilo…
 
Dr. Maha Nassar, a Palestinian American professor and expert on Arab cultural and intellectual history, shares her insights on Palestinians. Naturally, we ask her to address the horrific situation in Israel and the Gaza Strip over the past few weeks. She enlightens us on several key points, including how the conflict is truly an anti-colonialist st…
 
This week we spoke with Dr. Mohammed Reza, a Bangladeshi-American infectious disease doctor in north Florida, where COVID variants and vaccine reluctance both run rampant. During this pandemic, Dr. Mo (as his patients call him) has been thrust into the local limelight as an unwitting community educator. Despite his schooling, credibility, and exper…
 
Qasim Rashid has held many roles—human rights lawyer, prolific writer, media consultant, political candidate, volunteer prison chaplain, avid Tweeter—one of which his wife convinced him to pursue. He joins us on American Muslim Project to discuss his newest book, how he got to where he is today, and advocating for a more compassionate tomorrow. We …
 
This week we are joined by Saba Wahid Duffy: chef, media personality, culinary educator, and very recent *Chopped* champion. As an American Muslim raised in a suburb of Boston, she grew up eating Pakistani food nearly exclusively, which left her hankering for any cuisine but. Despite her strong interest in cooking from a young age, Saba’s tradition…
 
This week we speak with Salma Arastu, an artist born in Rajasthan, India, to Sindhi Hindu Pakistani refugees. Introduced to Arabic calligraphy in Iran, she found herself mesmerized before able to even read it. By the 1980s, the merging of traditional calligraphy and modern art that she’d embarked upon had a name: the Hurufiyya Movement. It was only…
 
Serena Rasoul’s humble upbringing in rural Virginia left her feeling like a leper to both white neighbors and other Arab Americans from afar. Her childhood defense mechanism? Resorting to funny accents and impressions. Serena joins AMP to discuss her diverse career, founding the first casting agency focused on Muslim talent, and the real story of H…
 
As a first-generation American Muslim businesswoman, Tasneem Dohadwala has lived a life of being a threefold minority: in race, gender, and career. She experienced a traditional South Asian Muslim upbringing, short one pivotal detail—her mom worked, and loved it. Tasneem speaks to being a woman in the world of investments on this episode of AMP. Cu…
 
Part 2 of our conversation with Adnan Khan, Executive Director of Re:Store Justice. Early on, most of us are taught the binary concepts of good & evil and told what camp we fall into. As a teen, Adnan Khan found himself parentless, homeless, a dropout, and a victim of trauma, veering off the path of his little league days. After a robbery gone very…
 
Part 1 of our conversation with Adnan Khan, Executive Director of Re:Store Justice. Early on, most of us are taught the binary concepts of good & evil and told what camp we fall into. As a teen, Adnan Khan found himself parentless, homeless, a dropout, and a victim of trauma, veering off the path of his little league days. After a robbery gone very…
 
The survey says: Public satisfaction with both corporate and political leaders around the world is at an all-time low. On this episode of AMP we interview an academic attempting to change this leadership deficit, Dr. Shaista Khilji. GW professor, prolific writer, and cofounder of the Humanizing Initiative, Pakistani-born Shaista has become an exper…
 
The Berkeley-based Islamic Scholarship Fund seeks to increase American Muslim representation in media, policy, and film. Since 2009, they’ve awarded $1.5 million in the form of undergraduate/postgraduate/law scholarships as well as film grants, Congressional internships, and fellowships. We sat down with their program manager, Omar Elsayed, to disc…
 
English at school, Somali at home, Arabic on weekends. This is how Sahra Ali came of age. A storyteller by nature and writer by trade, her recent piece about forging a Somali American identity in the Midwest truly spoke to us. She joins us on this episode of AMP to speak about words, 9/11, and her personal evolution. Born in a tiny village in north…
 
Imraan Siddiqi, born in Alabama and raised in Atlanta, has always been a proud Muslim. Growing up in a city that was both a major civil rights player and part of the Bible Belt—with most households engrossed in religion—he felt at home sharing his Islamic faith and accepted for declining alcohol and dating. Now the Executive Director of the Council…
 
Zeyad Moussa, Founder and CEO of Tulua, would absolutely encourage anyone with an innovative idea and a lot of drive to disrupt the “stale and crusty” food & beverage industry. Just maybe not the way he did. In this episode of AMP, we learn about an unconventional but wildly successful path to starting a business. An erstwhile biomedical engineer, …
 
Afroz Khan, an Indian American engineer and the first Muslim woman to serve on the Newburyport (MA) city council, is, frankly, the kind of politician we all dream about electing. Principled, affable, and sincere, Afroz took on public office simply because she was asked to consider it. She’d started to get more involved in her quaint, cobblestone, a…
 
Jawad Ahsan, CFO of Axon, the significant technology & weapons company, has found incredible success despite not following the expected path toward it. This week on AMP we discuss his new leadership book and his thoughts on team building, tasers, and tackling diversity. As a first-generation Pakistani-American raised outside Boston, Jawad entered c…
 
On this episode of AMP we are joined by Rabiah York Lumbard, award-winning author of a number of children’s books and a recent young adult novel, No True Believers. This thriller about an American Muslim teen forced to confront hatred, secret conspiracies, and Islamophobia during her senior year of high school draws on Rabiah’s own experiences as a…
 
Premiering at SXSW in 2020 and currently screening virtually across the country, Hamtramck, USA is a documentary film highlighting one city’s municipal election and how the various ethnic communities within work together. The story that the election naturally paints, however, is the deep diversity here, a place where the soccer stadium is rented ou…
 
Gone are the days where local politics amount to reelecting erstwhile high school classmates to fill potholes and grow schools. Policy attorney by day and public servant by night, Mehreen Butt, sister to our host, is a Pakistani American town councilor in Wakefield, MA. She joins us to speak about her unique experience as the first American Muslim …
 
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