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By Suad and Myrihla

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If I Had Your Face & The Picture of Dorian Gray - Unrealistic Beauty Standards In The Age of Social Media

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In The Early Hours - Getting to Know and Love Prophet Muhammad PBUH
In The Early Hours - Getting to Know and Love Prophet Muhammad PBUH
Belated Ramadan Mubarak to our Muslim listeners! In this episode, we continue with the fourth chapter of In The Early Hours By Khurram Murad.  We discuss falling in love with the Seerah, desiring the Prophet's company in the Hereafter and challenges of being Muslim in today's society. As always, we're excited to hear your thoughts! Email us at bookversationspod@gmail.com or drop us a message here: https://anchor.fm/bookversations/message Follow us on Instagram for more book reviews.
01:01:09
April 13, 2022
In The Early Hours - Ditch Toxic Positivity For Gratefulness
In The Early Hours - Ditch Toxic Positivity For Gratefulness
In this episode, we continue with the third chapter of In The Early Hours By Khurram Murad. We discuss the traits that help us to hold unto Allah and what distances us from Him. We also touch on the difference between Gratefulness and Toxic Positivity and why the difference actually matters. As always, we're excited to hear your thoughts! Email us at bookversationspod@gmail.com or drop us a message here: https://anchor.fm/bookversations/message Follow us on Instagram for more book reviews.
55:25
March 16, 2022
If I Had Your Face & The Picture of Dorian Gray - Unrealistic Beauty Standards In The Age of Social Media
If I Had Your Face & The Picture of Dorian Gray - Unrealistic Beauty Standards In The Age of Social Media
This episode is inspired by Oscar Wilde's 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' and Frances Cha's 'If I Had Your Face'.  We discuss unrealistic beauty standards in the age of social media, whether we've ever considered plastic surgery and how much society influences our perception of beauty. As always, we're excited to hear your thoughts! Email us at bookversationspod@gmail.com or drop us a message here: https://anchor.fm/bookversations/message Follow us on Instagram for more book reviews. Next Bookversations Read: Chapter 3 of In The Early Hours by Khurram Murad
52:60
March 13, 2022
Don't Touch My Hair By Emma Dabiri - Baby Hair Bondage, Cultural Appropriation and The Natural Hair Movement
Don't Touch My Hair By Emma Dabiri - Baby Hair Bondage, Cultural Appropriation and The Natural Hair Movement
This episode is inspired by Emma Dabiri's 'Don't Touch My Hair,' a book on why black hair matters and how it can be viewed as a blueprint for decolonisation.  We talk about the rise of the Natural Hair movement, impact of representation in the media and the ever topical issue of Cultural Appropriation.  As always, we're excited to hear your thoughts! Email us at bookversationspod@gmail.com or drop us a message here: https://anchor.fm/bookversations/message Follow us on Instagram for more book reviews. Next Bookversations Read: If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
01:05:12
March 01, 2022
In The Early Hours - Remembrance of Allah
In The Early Hours - Remembrance of Allah
In this episode, we continue with the second chapter of In The Early Hours By Khurram Murad. We discuss different forms of remembrance, the impact of Salah when done right and our favourite daily adhkars.   As always, we're excited to hear your thoughts! Email us at bookversationspod@gmail.com or drop us a message here: https://anchor.fm/bookversations/message Follow us on Instagram for more book reviews.
52:19
February 18, 2022
The Beekeeper Of Aleppo By Christy Lefteri - The Tory Web Of Lies On The Refugee Crisis
The Beekeeper Of Aleppo By Christy Lefteri - The Tory Web Of Lies On The Refugee Crisis
This episode is inspired by The Beekeeper of Aleppo, a novel that deals with the flight of refugees from Aleppo in Syria to Europe during the Syrian Civil War. We discuss the implications of the Nationality and Borders bill, future consequences of political apathy and the different ways our body and mind deal with trauma. As always, we're excited to hear your thoughts! Email us at bookversationspod@gmail.com or drop us a message here: https://anchor.fm/bookversations/message Follow us on Instagram for more book reviews. Next Bookversations Read: In The Early Hours (Chapter 2)
50:15
February 09, 2022
Born A Crime By Trevor Noah - My Mother Taught Me What School Didn't
Born A Crime By Trevor Noah - My Mother Taught Me What School Didn't
This episode's conversation is inspired by Trevor Noah's 'Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood'. We discuss lessons from apartheid and parenting lessons from Patricia Noah. As always, we're excited to hear your thoughts! Email us at bookversationspod@gmail.com or drop us a message here: https://anchor.fm/bookversations/message Follow us on Instagram for more book reviews. Next Bookversations Read: The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri
48:22
February 02, 2022
Insta Live Monthly Round Up - Jan 2022
Insta Live Monthly Round Up - Jan 2022
This episode is an extract from an hour long insta live on Bookversations. At the end of every month, we’ll be hosting a live on the Bookversations Instagram page to recap all the books we’ve read and interact with you at the same time! We want to know what books you’re reading, your thoughts on our episodes and everything in between. Books Mentioned: Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot By Mikki Kendall, Grown by Tiffany D.Jackson, Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam, Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo, House of Stone by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa, Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh and At Night All Blood is Black by David Drop. As always, we're excited to hear your thoughts! Email us at bookversationspod@gmail.com or drop us a message here: https://anchor.fm/bookversations/message Follow us on Instagram @bookversations for more book reviews.
28:01
January 26, 2022
In The Early Hours By Khurram Murad - My Confidence Comes From Allah And That’s Why No One Can Break It
In The Early Hours By Khurram Murad - My Confidence Comes From Allah And That’s Why No One Can Break It
Introducing a monthly Bookversations segment where we discuss Islamic Books. Think of it as a Book Club. In this episode, we delve into the first chapter of In The Early Hours By Khurram Murad. We discuss cultivating self awareness, getting rid of all or nothing mentality and finding unshakeable confidence through Tawakkul. As always, we're excited to hear your thoughts! Email us at bookversationspod@gmail.com or drop us a message here: https://anchor.fm/bookversations/message Follow us on Instagram for more book reviews.
48:48
January 19, 2022
Second Class Citizen by Buchi Emecheta - Women Are Not Commercial Goods
Second Class Citizen by Buchi Emecheta - Women Are Not Commercial Goods
Buchi Emecheta’s Second Class Citizen was the perfect opportunity for us to discuss some of the wild statements we see on social media about women. We discuss how women can uphold patriarchy, the importance of choosing the right partner and finding hope in difficult situations. As always, we're excited to hear your thoughts! Email us at bookversationspod@gmail.com or drop us a message here: https://anchor.fm/bookversations/message Follow us on Instagram for more book reviews. Next Bookversations Read: In The Early Hours by Khurram Murad (Chapter 1)
44:54
January 16, 2022
The Defining Decade By Meg Jay - How To Make The Most Of Your Twenties With Olamide
The Defining Decade By Meg Jay - How To Make The Most Of Your Twenties With Olamide
This episode's conversation is inspired by Dr Meg Jay's 'The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter And How to Make the Most of Them Now.'  We are joined by Olamide A, software engineer and fitness extraordinaire. We talk about: Why it's worth trying out different things in your 20's, the importance of mentors and asking for help, keystone habits that transformed our 20's and being intentional about love. As always, we're excited to hear your thoughts! Email us at bookversationspod@gmail.com or drop us a message here: https://anchor.fm/bookversations/message Follow us on Instagram for more book reviews.  Next Bookversations Read: Second Class Citizen By Buchi Emecheta
01:02:40
January 05, 2022
Transcendent Kingdom By Yaa Gyasi - Lifting The Veil On Addiction And Depression
Transcendent Kingdom By Yaa Gyasi - Lifting The Veil On Addiction And Depression
This episode's conversation is inspired by Yaa Gyasi's 'Transcendent Kingdom', a novel about the life of a Ghanaian immigrant family ravaged by depression, addiction and grief. We talk about mental illness, how faith impacts seeking help, dealing with spiritual wounds caused by hostile places of worship and healing from past trauma. Next month will be a Ramadan edition of Bookversations. And we're excited to share the launch of our Ramadan Journal with you all.  Click on this link to find out more.  Next Bookversations Read: In The Early Hours by Khurram Murad
55:09
May 12, 2021
Accepted Whispers - Don't Worry About The How, Just Ask (How Dua Can Transform Our Lives)
Accepted Whispers - Don't Worry About The How, Just Ask (How Dua Can Transform Our Lives)
This episode's conversation is inspired by Accepted Whispers, a collection of over 200 duas from the Quran and Hadith for daily reading.  We catch up on Ramadan and the importance of seeking forgiveness in the last 10 days. We share our favourite duas from the Quran, the one thing that changed our dua game forever and tips/advice for people who are struggling with making dua. We hope you enjoy the episode and as always, email us your thoughts at bookversationspod@gmail.com
37:29
May 04, 2021
Intimations By Zadie Smith - PMS And A Post Covid World
Intimations By Zadie Smith - PMS And A Post Covid World
This episode's conversation is inspired by 'Intimations', a collection of personal essays by Zadie Smith. We talk about the challenges of working during Covid, PMS, our love for essays and our biggest lessons from the pandemic. We hope you enjoy the episode and as always, email us your thoughts at bookversationspod@gmail.com Next Bookversations Read: Transcendent Kingdom By Yaa Gyasi
46:02
March 23, 2021
The Obstacle Is The Way By Ryan Holiday - Have Self Help Books Run Their Course?
The Obstacle Is The Way By Ryan Holiday - Have Self Help Books Run Their Course?
This episode's conversation is inspired by Ryan Holiday's 'The Obstacle Is The Way.' We discuss issues with self-help books, outgrowing books and practical tips on how to overcome adversity.  We hope you enjoy the episode and as always, email us your thoughts at bookversationspod@gmail.com Next Bookversations Read: Intimations By Zadie Smith
33:03
March 16, 2021
Travellers By Helon Habila - The Untold Stories Of Black Migrants
Travellers By Helon Habila - The Untold Stories Of Black Migrants
This episode's conversation is inspired by 'Travellers', a novel by Helon Habila which explores the interconnected experiences of migrants. In this episode, Suad shares her experience of feeling unsafe in Berlin, we discuss the importance of empathy, what makes a good ally and how we can make a difference in the world. We hope you enjoy the episode and as always, email us your thoughts at bookversationspod@gmail.com Next Bookversations Read: The Obstacle Is The Way By Ryan Holiday
48:52
March 09, 2021
The Ruthless Elimination Of Hurry - How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World
The Ruthless Elimination Of Hurry - How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World
In this episode, we discuss John Mark Comer's, 'The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry,' focusing on issues with productivity culture. We talk about the impact of capitalism on our attitude towards time, burn-out and practical tips to slow down and find more joy in our lives. We hope you enjoy the episode and as always, email us your thoughts at bookversationspod@gmail.com
45:07
March 02, 2021
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie - Radicalisation, Politics and Divided Loyalties
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie - Radicalisation, Politics and Divided Loyalties
This episode's conversation is inspired by Kamila Shamsie's, 'Home Fire', a reworking of Antigone, a tragic greek play written by Sophocles. Set in contemporary London, Home Fire is the tale of two British families, intertwined by fate. Dealing with issues of terrorism, faith and love, Home Fire explores what it means to be loyal to a state. We discuss the issue of placing too much expectation on authors who write about Muslim characters and what Capitol Hill has made glaring about radicalisation and terrorism. We hope you enjoy the episode and as always, we would love to hear your feedback and comments at bookversationspod@gmail.com The next Bookversations will be on: The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry (How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World) by John Mark Comer
34:07
February 23, 2021
Love In Colour By Bolu Babalola - Relating To Love Stories As Black Muslim Women
Love In Colour By Bolu Babalola - Relating To Love Stories As Black Muslim Women
In this episode, we discuss Bolu Babalola’s debut anthology ‘Love In Colour.’ We share our thoughts on the importance of a book cover, our initial perception of romance genre, Hollywood's impact on our perception of love and the difficulties of relating to love stories as Muslim women.⠀⠀ Fact-checking references⠀ ⠀ African Books Have The Same Covers - https://qz.com/207527/the-reason-every-book-about-africa-has-the-same-cover-and-its-not-pretty/⠀ Male Authors Writing Female Characters - https://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2013/03/the-mixed-results-of-male-authors-writing-female-characters/273641/⠀ ⠀ We hope you enjoy the episode and as always, we would love to hear your feedback and comments at bookversationspod@gmail.com
39:39
February 16, 2021
Our Favourite Reads From 2020
Our Favourite Reads From 2020
This episode was recorded early last year but it was never released. We are currently recording new episodes and we're excited to start sharing our love for books with you again. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this episode as we share some of our favourite reads from 2020. We talk Muslim romance books, lack of representation in the publishing industry and what it means to be an activist. We end on a discussion of Right-wing ideology based on Douglas Murray's 'The Strange Death of Europe'. As always, we would love to hear your feedback and comments at bookversationspod@gmail.com Fact-checking notes We mentioned that 90% of people in the UK publishing industry are white, according to the latest survey, the figure is 85%. You can read more here: https://www.publishers.org.uk/publications/diversity-survey-of-the-publishing-workforce-2019/ In reference to the proportion of BAME health workers impacted by COVID. We incorrectly mentioned it was 90% overall. The breakdown of the figures can be found in the GM Journal. 'Figures from the British Medical Association in June showed that although only 21% of all staff are BAME, 63% of healthcare workers who died were from an ethnic group. Of this, 64% of nurses and 95% of doctors who died were BAME.' https://www.gmjournal.co.uk/what-is-the-science-behind-the-disproportionate-impact-of-covid-19-on-bame-groups
39:31
February 09, 2021
Anthills Of The Savannah - What is the Role of a Writer in Society?
Anthills Of The Savannah - What is the Role of a Writer in Society?
In this episode, we discuss Chinua Achebe's novel 'Anthills of the Savannah' focusing on what the role of a writer should be in society. We also talk about the role of women and the importance of our involvement in all facets of society. We hope you enjoy the episode and as always, email us your thoughts at bookversationspod@gmail.com
41:22
December 02, 2018
The Wait - Is Religion Anti-Sex?
The Wait - Is Religion Anti-Sex?
In this episode, we discuss Devon Franklin and Megan Good's 'The Wait,' a book about the power of celibacy. We talk about our society's obsession with sex, the importance of delayed gratification and what to look for in a potential spouse. We hope you enjoy the episode and as always, email us your thoughts at bookversationspod@gmail.com
01:01:26
November 18, 2018
When Breath Becomes Air - What Makes Life Meaningful?
When Breath Becomes Air - What Makes Life Meaningful?
In this episode, we discuss neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi's 'When Breath Becomes Air.' We ask the question of what makes life meaningful, explore the difference between a job and a calling and lastly, a definition of patience from the book that we believe the world needs! We hope you enjoy the episode and as always, email us your thoughts at bookversationspod@gmail.com
52:20
October 28, 2018
Americanah - Blackness, Immigration and Love
Americanah - Blackness, Immigration and Love
In this episode, we discuss Chimamanda's Americanah focusing on her examination of blackness and race, mental health and immigration and finally prosperity gospel and the task of writing likeable black female protagonists. Email us your thoughts at bookversationspod@gmail.com
01:12:29
October 14, 2018
Daring Greatly By Brene Brown – What's Worth Doing Even If You Fail?
Daring Greatly By Brene Brown – What's Worth Doing Even If You Fail?
In this episode, we talk about Brené Brown's Daring Greatly focusing on the importance of courage and vulnerability in today's society, fitting in vs. belonging as Muslims and the transformational impact of differentiating between shame and guilt. Email us your thoughts at bookversationspod@gmail.com.
01:14:32
September 30, 2018
Ghana Must Go – Compromise vs Sacrifice in Marriage
Ghana Must Go – Compromise vs Sacrifice in Marriage
In this episode, we talk about Taiye Selasi's Ghana Must Go focusing on pride and masculinity, the immigrant experience and the dangers of comparison. Email us your thoughts at bookversationspod@gmail.com
38:39
September 16, 2018
Teaser: Introduction x Purple Hibiscus
Teaser: Introduction x Purple Hibiscus
Welcome to the teaser episode of Bookversations! In this episode, we introduce ourselves and the reasons behind this podcast. We also talk about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Purple Hibiscus focusing on love and discipline. We hope you enjoy the conversation. Email us at bookversationspod@gmail.com.
16:53
September 02, 2018