The nomination is notable because the majority of Rakim’s lyrics relate to his identity as a Muslim, which has gone on to influence other contemporary Muslim rappers.
Dr. Eman Abdelhadi Tackles the Intersection of Identity and Activism on “American Muslim Project”
The show, which focuses on the Muslims who are shaping America, continually brings new segments and focus to the show to emphasize the news and culture American Muslims are immersed in every day.
Rifelion’s flagship podcast, “American Muslim Project,” has released a new episode that focuses on the important issues facing the American Muslim community today. The show, which focuses on the Muslims who are shaping America, continually brings new segments and focus to the show to emphasize the news and culture American Muslims are immersed in every day.
In this week’s episode, host Asad Butt is joined by Dr. Eman Abdelhadi (she/they), an assistant professor at the University of Chicago. The two discuss the changing dynamics of Muslim representation and activism in the U.S., particularly in light of the ongoing issues in Palestine. Dr. Abdelhadi also shares their experiences as a Muslim faculty member on a college campus amidst increasing anti-Muslim sentiment across the country.
Following the interview, Butt shares current news headlines revolving around Muslim communities, concerns and challenges in America. He covers stories such as rising online threats against Muslim, Arab and Jewish communities, pro-Palestinian protesters who were attacked at Columbia University and an ex-Obama official who avoided prosecution for hate crime charges. Butt also features news from the recent Sundance Film Festival and an announcement about a new funding initiative for Muslim filmmakers. Lastly, Butt introduces a scholarship opportunity for American Muslim students interested in media and politics.
In 2020, Asad Butt launched Rifelion Media to help elevate diverse voices, with “American Muslim Project” as the company’s first production. Butt is also a startup advisor and investor, primarily working with pet care and education founders, as well as accelerator programs. Prior to his work in the startup industry, Butt worked in broadcast television and video production. In 2004, he helped launch Bridges TV, the first American Muslim lifestyle network, serving as its first news director, producer and anchor.
Eman Abdelhadi is an academic, activist and writer who thinks at the intersection of gender, sexuality, religion and politics. She is an assistant professor and sociologist at the University of Chicago, where she researches American Muslim communities. She is co-author of the speculative fiction book “Everything for Everyone: An Oral History of the New York Commune, 2052 – 2072.”
New episodes of “American Muslim Project” release every Thursday. Listen to the latest episode — “Threats against Muslims on Social Media, Real World Hate Speech by Obama Official & Free Speech on Campus with Eman Abdelhadi” — below, or catch up wherever you listen to podcasts.