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queer muslim resistance

queer muslim resistance

By OPIRG Kingston
A podcast from OPIRG Kingston centring queer Muslim dreaming for collective liberation.
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Hello Islam, My Old Friend: A Conversation with Ejel
This episode, Ejel and Maha talk about revisiting Queer Islam like a steadfast friendship, the rise of Islamists in the UK by the 1990's, the need for Queer Muslim in-person meetups, and TAKING TO THE STREETS! (as safely as possible :) ) Taylor joins Maha for a debrief.  You can find Ejel on Instagram @muslimlgbtnetwork Follow us on Instagram @queermuslimresistance for queer muslim content. Email: queermuslimresistance@gmail.com Thanks again to Abrar and Aram, our lovely volunteers. Go Team Go. References and further reading: Muslim LGBT Network  Hidayah Imaan Unmooring the Komagata Maru Jaspreet Ranauta - Transnational Modernity/Coloniality: Settler Colonialism, Environmental Justice, and Punjabi Diasporic Positionalities for Critical Solidarity on Turtle Island Mohamed jean Veneuse - Islam and Queer Muslims: Identity and Sexuality in the Contemporary World Aqdas Aftab - “Invisibilized Resistance” Global Muslim Resource Guide Kai Cheng Thom - I Hope We Choose Love Lisa Lowe - The Intimacies of Four Continents Mohamed Jean Veneuse - “transnational decolonization is the solution” Tiffany Lethabo King Interviewed by Feral Feminisms Tuck and Yang - “Decolonization is Not a Metaphor” Gloria Wekker - The Politics of Passion David Valentine - “Chapter 4: The Making of a Field” in Imagining Transgender: An Ethnography of a Category (email for access) Joseph Massad - “Re-Orienting Desire: The Gay International and the Arab World” On respectability politics Al Qaws on pinkwashing 
01:36:44
May 25, 2021
Sari Not Sorry - A Conversation With Sari
This episode, Sari and Maha talk about Islamic culture vs religion, culture X religion, Maghrebian Tunisian diaspora communities, & being Muslim enough. Taylor and Nicole join Maha for a debrief. You can find Sari on Instagram @sarihellara and @livingearthlings Follow us on Instagram @queermuslimresistance for queer muslim content. Email: queermuslimresistance@gmail.com A huge thank you to our volunteers, Abrar and Aram; their compassion and generosity has fuelled this project’s continuation. We owe them a lot! References and further reading: Inclusive Mosque UK https://inclusivemosque.org/ The Arabization of Islam https://www.thepvblication.com/post/the-arabisation-of-islam https://www.patheos.com/blogs/altmuslim/2008/01/the_arabization_of_islam/ Omid Safi’s Radical Love https://bookshop.org/books/radical-love-teachings-from-the-islamic-mystical-tradition/9780300248616 Omid Safi’s Sufi Heart Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sufi-heart-with-omid-safi/id1427714471 Sari’s Living Earthlings Podcast https://open.spotify.com/show/5N9Xndhm1ynK09C9GOwUU3 Muslims for Progressive Values https://www.mpvusa.org/
01:21:00
April 27, 2021
Not Today Haram Police, Not Today: A Conversation with Sufi
This episode, Sufi and Maha talk about harmful judgements, being outed, eventually finding a plethora of Queer Muslim communities online, Queer Ummah and Queer Muslim Liberation. Taylor and Nicole join Maha for a debrief. You can find Sufi on Instagram @sufi.sun and on Twitter @sufisun7 Follow us on Instagram @queermuslimresistance for queer muslim content. Email: queermuslimresistance@gmail.com A huge thank you to our volunteers, Abrar, Aram and Zara; their compassion and generosity has fuelled this project’s continuation. We owe them a lot! References and further reading: https://www.malikah.org/ https://www.hidayahlgbt.com/ http://www.queercrescent.org/ https://hearttogrow.org/ Halal if You Hear Me - Fatimah Asghar & Safia Elhillo ["Queer Brown Futures (Or Lack Thereof) Pg 153] https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/1273-the-breakbeat-poets-vol-3
55:60
March 30, 2021
There's Always Room to Grow - A Conversation with Noor
This episode, Noor talks to Maha about being “disabled and”, and the importance of centring accessibility in community spaces. Taylor and Nicole join Maha for a debrief. You can find Noor on Twitter @snoringdoggo and on snoringdoggo.dog The transcript will be linked ASAP. Follow us on Instagram @queermuslimresistance for queer muslim content, and information and updates on the podcast. Visit patreon.com/queermuslimresistance to support us financially. Email: queermuslimresistance@gmail.com
01:29:23
March 2, 2021
Dreaming Abolition - A Conversation with The Abolitionist Dream Mappers
This episode, Maha, Muna, Beverly and Renée talk about abolition as a relational project, and the central role dreaming has in imagining and co-creating futures of collective liberation. The Abolitionist Dream Mappers’ website will be live in 2021. Follow us on Instagram @queermuslimresistance for queer muslim content. Email: queermuslimresistance@gmail.com References and further reading: RUTH WILSON GILMORE MAKES THE CASE FOR ABOLITION “Muslim Abolitionists on Islam, Carceral Systems, and the Surveillance State” by Vanessa Taylor The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study - by Fred Moten and Stefano Harney
51:39
December 9, 2020
Love and Compassionate Rage - A Conversation with Rachel
This episode, Rachel and Maha talk about loving hard as queer Muslims. Taylor joins Maha for a debrief. You can find Rachel on Instagram @transcendentalrach Follow us on Instagram @queermuslimresistance for queer muslim content. Email: queermuslimresistance@gmail.com References and further reading: Inclusive Mosque Initiative MAY PROJECT GARDENS Homosexuality in Islam - Scott Kugle (available in our resource guide! Link in our Instagram bio) Believing Women in Islam - Asma Barlas Mohammed Jean Veneuse’s work (available in our resource guide! Link in our Instagram bio) If They Come For Us - Fatimah Asghar
01:10:10
December 2, 2020
Land Back! - A Conversation with Ismat
This episode, Ismat and Maha talk about revolutionary politics and what it looks like to learn and unlearn as queer Muslims. Taylor and Nicole join Maha for a debrief. You can find Ismat on Facebook facebook.com/ismat.hammer.9, Instagram @nammmmmmu and Twitter @iovingeme Follow us on Instagram @queermuslimresistance for queer muslim content. Email: queermuslimresistance@gmail.com References and further reading: Simone Browne - Dark Matters NAZAR - an independent journalism project on surveillance - https://nazar.substack.com “The white working class is a political fiction: American media needs a better understanding of class if we are to avoid the mistakes of the past” by Adam Theron-Lee Rensch https://theoutline.com/post/8303/white-working-class-political-fiction Organizing to Win the World - Chris Dixon https://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/organizing-to-win-the-world?fbclid=IwAR0UsUjTJRXRpPcjCj6un_Ti-eDesVJc5-CU5H3IReDD6fn3FlYUmM_0u7s
01:24:28
November 17, 2020
Reframing Faith to Work for Us - A Conversation with Masooma
This episode, Masooma and Maha talk about navigating the world as queer Muslims while centring joy and allowing room for questions and growth. Nicole and Taylor debrief with Maha.  You can find Masooma on Instagram @geminiholograms and find her writing on substack: geminiholograms.substack.com Follow us on Instagram @queermuslimresistance for queer muslim content. Email: queermuslimresistance@gmail.com References and further reading: Gayatri Gopinath - Impossible Desires (email us for access) Heteronationalism IS a thing!! Latoya Lazarus - Heteronationalism, Human Rights, and the Nation-State: Positioning Sexuality in the Jamaican Constitutional Reform Process (email us for access)
01:04:23
November 10, 2020
We Are All We Have - A Conversation with Ameera
This episode, Ameera and Maha talk about what it means to be in right relationship with the land as queer Muslims on Turtle Island. Nicole and Taylor debrief with Maha. You can find Ameera on Facebook (facebook.com/bengalbrony) or Instagram @bengalbrony Other podcast episodes Ameera is featured in: What the Faith Podcast. “Faith as a Queer Muslim with Ameera Khan” https://anchor.fm/whatthefaith/episodes/Faith-as-a-Queer-Muslim-with-Ameera-Khan-efsgu2/a-a2i1bos Queerology podcast. “#QYFDay” https://matthiasroberts.com/queerology/qyfday/ References and further reading: Jodi Byrd - The Transit of Empire Vimalessery et al - “Introduction: On Colonial Unknowing” https://muse.jhu.edu/article/633283 Taylor Amari Little - @controversialtay on Instagram Podcast recommendation: All my relations Katherine McKittrick - Demonic Grounds (to learn more on Black geographies)
53:07
November 2, 2020
Pleasure and Bawdy - A Conversation with Kathryn (Part 2)
This episode, we’re back with Kathryn for Part 2 of our conversation! She shares her work on re-centering sex and pleasure for BIPOC, queer folk and people of marginalized genders through her adult novelty business, House of Bawdy. You can listen to part 1 in our previous episode. Nicole and Taylor debrief with Maha. You can find House of Bawdy on Facebook or Instagram @houseofbawdy, and their website houseofbawdy.com is set to launch on November 27 2020. Follow us on Instagram @queermuslimresistance for queer muslim content. Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture in Detroit by Marlon Bailey - a great read on ballroom culture (email us for access) Kimberlé Crenshaw: The urgency of intersectionality | TED Talk Audre Lorde: Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power Pleasure Activism by adrienne marie brown - an essential read!
57:49
October 26, 2020
Difference In Islam - A Conversation with Kathryn (Part 1)
This episode, Kathryn shares her story of finding selfhood as a sexually fluid Black Muslim woman born into a Nation of Islam family. We talk about Blackness and Islam and Islams of difference. Next week, we’ll hear all about Kathryn’s work on re-centering sex and pleasure through her adult novelty business, House of Bawdy. Nicole and Taylor debrief with Maha. You can find House of Bawdy on Facebook or Instagram @houseofbawdy, and their website houseofbawdy.com is set to launch on November 27 2020. Follow us on Instagram @queermuslimresistance for queer muslim content. “Towards a Black Muslim Ontology of Resistance” by Muna Mire: https://thenewinquiry.com/towards-a-black-muslim-ontology-of-resistance/ “What Is Transformative Justice?”: https://youtube.com/watch?v=U-_BOFz5TXo Transformative justice resource list from the South Asian Queer and Trans Collective: https://www.saqtc.org/transformative-justice
01:05:32
October 19, 2020
Existence as Resistance - A Conversation with Summeiya
This episode, we have a conversation with Summeiya about their experiences navigating the world as a gender-fluid lesbian based in Tkoronto/ Toronto. Nicole and Taylor debrief with Maha. You can follow Summeiya on Instagram @summeiyakhamissa Content Note - this episode does feature mentions of threats of sexual violence and death. Follow us on Instagram @queermuslimresistance for queer muslim content. Queer Muslim resources - a resource guide on Google Drive Tareef: queer Muslim reading group from Hiba Ali Share your queer health stories The Sublime Quran translated by Laleh Bakhtiar http://www.sublimequran.org Tonguebreaker - a poetry collection from Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha The Gay Muslim Podcast by Adam Divino https://anchor.fm/thegaymuslim/ Audre Lorde - Age, Race, Class and Sex: Women Redefining Difference https://www.colorado.edu/odece/sites/default/files/attached-files/rba09-sb4converted_8.pdf Queer-Friendly Islamic Hermeneutics - Samar Habib (PDF in resource guide) Some queer femme art for our listeners!! Summeiya has this beautiful image on her wall of two femmes in bed together smoking. Art by @sleepysoymilk on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/B-pAVFZHaHP/
01:01:50
October 12, 2020
Queer Indigenous Sovereignty - A Conversation with Kole
This episode, we talk about healing through rituals of beading, art and prayer, while complicating what it means to belong on stolen land. You can follow Kole on Instagram @mildpeps / @rustlingpine and check out their website: rustlingpine.com Follow us on Instagram @queermuslimresistance for queer muslim content. Kissing Brides artwork: @hiddenlionstudio The Rani’s Affair artwork: @demen.art Gayatri Gopinath - Impossible Desires: Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak - Can the Subaltern Speak? “What is Homonationalism?” - Novara Media https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l3shYm6Jao
01:04:30
October 5, 2020
Introduction!
Hello and welcome to the introductory episode of queer muslim resistance: a podcast from OPIRG Kingston! We talk about who we are what we're doing here.  Follow us on Instagram @queermuslimresistance for queer muslim content. Link to "The Whiteness of Coming Out" by Asiel Adan Sanchez: http://archermagazine.com.au/2017/07/culture-coming-out/
49:53
September 28, 2020