May 17, 2020
Dr. Rachel Schine speaks about
understandings of race and blackness in premodern Islamic(ate)
societies through the tale of Delhemma, a popular epic of rival families and 'Abd
al-Wahhāb, the black offspring of Fāṭimah, the eponymous Delhemma
(lit. "the one of high aspiration"), disowned by her husband.
Mar 29, 2020
Considered a heretic, the vegan anti-natalist poet Abū al-ʿAlāʾ al-Maʿarrī (d. 1058) provoked throughout his life but only had his head chopped off in 2013 as a statue by fanatics in his Syrian hometown. Dr. Kevin Blankinship, Assistant Professor of Arabic Language and Literature at Brigham Young University,...
Feb 1, 2020
We hear from Ottoman Studies specialist Dr. Ahmed about the cusp of our podcast's remit: the assumption of the caliphate from the shadow Abbasid caliphs of Cairo by the Ottomans. We also speak candidly about his thoughts on the TV show Ertugrul, how he navigates academia as a practising Muslim and teaching in...