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Episode 8: An Agnostic Muslim Thought Cloud

On this episode, we got to speak to Kashgar, who shared her family history, her experience with Islam, and the importance of asking questions.  We also spoke about the diversity within the Islamic world (i.e. Muslim does not equal Arab!), stopped for breaks to pet the cats, and got some excellent book recommendations (book list below).  It was wonderful to have Kashgar as a guest and we’re so grateful to her for doing this!

Kashgar also wrote a short article on her personal relationship to Islam and she asked us to share it because she felt that it was easier to articulate through writing. “Sometimes I still wonder if I had made the right decision or if Islam is something that resonates with me but the answer has stayed the same every time I have thought about it: My spiritual relationship with Allah is meaningful in a way that is difficult to articulate and Islam has come to mean more than simply a connection to family heritage. Even if I had left Islam, I think that this spiritual aspect of my life would have remained. At the end of the day, I believe we’re all on different paths that lead to the same destination whether that is truly some kind of afterlife or nothing at all. But in the meanwhile, I choose to have faith in Allah despite the inner tug of war between logic and emotion. I obviously don’t have the answers and this personal story is full of self-contradictions but I have learned to find comfort in the grey zones, the ambiguities and the nuances as an agnostic Muslim for progressive/secular values.”  (She used a pseudonym for the article.)

Click Here for Kashgar’s Article

Kashgar’s book list!

On Progressive Islam
Edited by Omid Safi
A Sinner in Mecca: A Gay Muslim’s Hajj of Defiance
Parvez Sharma
Homosexuality in Islam
Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kuggle
Qur’an and Women
Amina Wadud
Queer Muslim Marriage: Struggle of a Gay Couple’s True Life Story Towards Inclusivity and Tawhid within Islam
Ludovic-Mohamad Zahed
Progressive Muslim Identities
Edited by And Zonneveld, Vanessa Karam, Olivia Samad

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Episode 7: Wildly Emoting Arabs

Photo credit: Trish Badger

Join us for this very fun & meaningful conversation with Miriam Hakim, lead singer of the punk band Giant Kitty.  We talk to Miriam about many things: music, her Syrian-American identity, forming our own communities, and so much more.  We had such a blast during this episode and we hope our listeners will enjoy listening to this great discussion.

As mentioned at the end of the episode, we made Spotify playlists!  Miriam talked about how she and her friends used to make mixed CDs for each other, and she suggested we each make a playlist for ourselves with songs that we find meaningful in some way.  Check out our playlists here!

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