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
May 12, 2021
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 email@example.com
May 4, 2021
Intimations - Zadie Smith Is A Boss, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Next Bookversations Read: Transcendent Kingdom By Yaa Gyasi
March 23, 2021
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 email@example.com Next Bookversations Read: Intimations By Zadie Smith
March 16, 2021
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Next Bookversations Read: The Obstacle Is The Way By Ryan Holiday
March 9, 2021
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 email@example.com
March 2, 2021
Home Fire - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
February 23, 2021
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 email@example.com
February 16, 2021
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
February 9, 2021
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 email@example.com
December 2, 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
November 18, 2018
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 email@example.com
October 28, 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
October 14, 2018
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 email@example.com.
September 30, 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
September 16, 2018
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 email@example.com.
September 2, 2018