Muslim in Plain Sight

Anisa Khalifa and Khadija Khalil

Twenty years after 9/11, producers and hosts Anisa Khalifa and Khadija Khalil explore what it meant to come of age in that moment. With a lineup of amazing guests who, like us, grew up Muslim in the shadow of 9/11, we’ll dig into how that changed the trajectories of our lives, and how the experience differed either side of the Atlantic. Muslim in Plain Sight features interviews with artists, activists, academics, religious leaders, and more. As a generation, we were just discovering our own voices when they were suddenly silenced from mainstream narratives. Instantly, we became both invisible and hypervisible. Our conversations here are a small attempt to remedy that erasure. Join us as we talk about how our world changed, and how we changed the world. Follow us on Twitter at @mipspod. Email us at musliminplainsight@gmail.com.

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Introducing: Muslim in Plain Sight
Lost and found at Guantánamo with Mansoor Adayfi
Mansoor Adayfi is a former Guantánamo detainee, coordinator of CAGE’s Guantánamo Project, and author. In his unforgettable, haunting memoir, Don’t Forget Us Here, he recounts his 14 years of detention, torture, resistance and brotherhood in the vile camps of Guantánamo. In this interview, Mansoor tells us how his living nightmare started, how faith, art and brotherhood sustained him, and how, amazingly, he’s held onto both his sense of humor and his hope for the future.  References: https://www.hachettebooks.com/titles/mansoor-adayfi/dont-forget-us-here/9780306923876/ (Buy Mansoor's book), Don't Forget Us Here: Lost and Found at Guantánamo https://www.indiewire.com/2022/03/muslim-american-filmmakers-open-letter-sundance-1234704004/ (Muslim filmmakers and activists respond) to Islamophobic Sundance film Jihad Rehab Seton Hall University's https://law.shu.edu/policy-research/guantanamo-reports.cfm (Guantánamo Reports) https://www.artfromguantanamo.com/ (Art from Guantánamo) https://www.cage.ngo/ (Support CAGE), advocates against the injustices of the War on Terror https://www.democracynow.org/2022/1/11/guantanamo_bay_20_anniversary_mansoor_adayfi (Amy Goodman's interview with Mansoor), who wears his signature orange Follow Mansoor on social media @MansoorAdayfi Follow us on https://www.twitter.com/mipspod (Twitter). Email us at musliminplainsight@gmail.com. https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/anisakhalifa (Support the show). Hosts and Producers: Anisa Khalifa and Khadija Khalil Editor: Anisa Khalifa Consulting Producer: Paroma Chakravarty
Apr 14 2022
1 hr 53 mins
A little less fearful, a little more fierce with The Qarawiyyin ProjectBonus: ISIS with Imam Mohamed AbuTalebDo the right thing, at the right time, in the right way with Chaplain Joshua Salaam
Feb 7 2022
1 hr 36 mins
Fake personas and real surveillance with Johana Bhuiyan
Johana Bhuiyan is a senior tech reporter and editor at The Guardian. A born and raised New Yorker now residing in San Francisco, she's been a journalist since 2013, and has previously worked at the Los Angeles Times, Recode, BuzzFeed News, and Politico. Johana talks about growing up in New York after 9/11, and how the current state of surveillance of marginalised communities has evolved over the last 20 years. She shares her personal experiences as a hijab-wearing Muslim woman in newsrooms and other places throughout her career, how she got into the very specific field of tech accountability, and what it's like to see her work result in real-world change. Note: we recorded this interview back in November, so bear that in mind when we make time references. References: https://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-amazon-drivers-tips-20190207-story.html (Johana's reporting) about Amazon withholding tips from drivers, which led to a https://www.latimes.com/business/technology/story/2021-02-02/amazon-ftc-fine-flex-driver-tips (massive settlement) https://www.latimes.com/business/technology/story/2021-02-09/dahua-facial-recognition-china-surveillance-uighur (Camera company would identify Uyghurs and alert police) https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/nov/17/police-surveillance-technology-voyager (Voyager, the tech that scrapes social media feeds to "predict crime") https://bridge.georgetown.edu/research/factsheet-the-nypd-muslim-surveillance-and-mapping-program/ (The NYPD's Muslim Surveillance and Mapping Program) https://www.npr.org/2021/11/08/1052567444/supreme-court-to-hear-arguments-on-fbis-surveillance-of-mosques (Supreme Court hears case on FBI surveillance of California Muslims) https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/nov/07/lapd-predictive-policing-surveillance-reform (The harms of the LAPD's former predictive policing program) Follow Johana on https://twitter.com/JMBooyah (Twitter) and check out her work. Follow us on https://www.twitter.com/mipspod (Twitter). Email us at musliminplainsight@gmail.com. https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/anisakhalifa (Support the show). Hosts and Producers: Anisa Khalifa and Khadija Khalil Editor: Anisa Khalifa Consulting Producer: Paroma Chakravarty
Jan 25 2022
1 hr 8 mins
Every little thing can create a change with Senator Mehreen Faruqi
Dr. Mehreen Faruqi is the Greens Senator for New South Wales in the Australian Parliament and the first Muslim woman to hold public office in the history of Australia. She is a civil and environmental engineer and lifelong activist for social and environmental justice. Mehreen tells us about migrating to Australia from Pakistan, how she made a home and then a political career down under, and how things changed in Australia post-9/11. We cover the rise of right-wing populism, the influence of media on government, dealing with Islamophobic abuse and harassment, how environmental justice is inextricable from racial justice, and why grassroots politics is the best way to make change. References: Buy Mehreen's excellent memoir, Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud, https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/other-books/Too-Migrant-Too-Muslim-Too-Loud-Mehreen-Faruqi-9781760878184 (here). https://fb.watch/ajmFPslrR6/ (Watch her first speech to the Australian Senate), which went viral. https://mehreen-faruqi.greensmps.org.au/articles/mehreens-first-speech (Transcript here). https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1048520025213111&type=3 (Love Letters to Mehreen), her tongue-in-cheek response to hateful messages. https://fb.watch/ajmQwS0PiL/ (Mehreen calls out) right-wing Murdoch media outlet Sky News, and it is so satisfying. Follow Mehreen on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram @MehreenFaruqi. Follow us on https://www.twitter.com/mipspod (Twitter). Email us at musliminplainsight@gmail.com. https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/anisakhalifa (Support the show). Hosts and Producers: Anisa Khalifa and Khadija Khalil Editor: Anisa Khalifa Consulting Producer: Paroma Chakravarty
Jan 3 2022
1 hr 17 mins
At armslength, under a miscroscope with Dr. Khadijah ElshayyalMaking space for the discourse of justice with Dr. Jasmine Gani [Part 2]
Dec 6 2021
1 hr 2 mins
Putting the humanity into history with Dr. Jasmine Gani [Part 1]A brief history of American Islamophobia post-9/11 with Anisa Khalifa
Anisa presents a brief oral history of Islamophobia in the US in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. We often reference "what Muslims went through" but what exactly did that involve? We cover the big stuff, the little stuff, and how it all formed the epicenter of a global campaign of terror and violence that targeted over a billion people. Including: the ideological framing of a political phenomenon, the state's exclusive right to kill, and the two sides of American exceptionalism. References: https://anisakhalifa.medium.com/the-long-costs-of-islamophobia-54f6d93e81b4 (The long costs of Islamophobia) by Anisa Khalifa Citations Needed on https://soundcloud.com/citationsneeded/news-brief-colin-powell-stumbling-empire-personified (whitewashing Colin Powell's legacy) and their excellent series on anti-Muslim racism in Hollywood: https://soundcloud.com/citationsneeded/episode-113-hollywood-anti-muslim-racism-part-1-action-and-adventure-schlock (Part I) https://soundcloud.com/citationsneeded/episode-114-anti-muslim-racism-in-hollywood-part-ii-oscar-bait-imperialism (Part II) https://soundcloud.com/citationsneeded/ep-115-hollywood-anti-muslim-racism-part-iii-how-the-pentagon-cia-sponsor-american-mythmaking (Part III) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvnLtMKzX6Y (Barbara Lee’s speech) on September 14, 2001, as she voted against the invasion of Afghanistan https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/01/09/us-secret-evidence-erodes-fair-trial-rights# (Secret evidence) and https://www.aclu.org/other/fact-sheet-extraordinary-rendition (extraordinary rendition) to CIA black sites, where people were detained and tortured before being put in Guantanamo Bay: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/29/in-first-guatanamo-detainee-details-cia-torture-in-court (One prisoner's recent testimony) George W. Bush’s now infamous address on September 20, 2001: https://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2001/09/20010920-8.html ("You're either with us, or you're with the terrorists") The FBI's COINTELPRO-like https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/nov/16/fbi-entrapment-fake-terror-plots (program of entrapment) https://washingtonbabylon.com/seven-questions-for-leena-al-arian-about-fbi-entrapment-the-criminalization-of-muslim-americans-and-the-israel-lobby/ (targeting ordinary Muslims) (Anisa regrets to say that, despite declaring she will never forget it, she in fact misquoted the statistic that https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/01/us/politics/white-women-helped-elect-donald-trump.html (53% of white women voted for Trump in 2016).) Follow us on https://www.twitter.com/mipspod (Twitter). Email us at musliminplainsight@gmail.com. https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/anisakhalifa (Support the show). Hosts and Producers: Anisa Khalifa and Khadija Khalil Editor: Khadija Khalil Consulting Producer: Paroma Chakravarty
Nov 1 2021
59 mins
You need to have breakdowns to have breakthroughs with Dr Mona MasoodGood is not a thing you are, it’s a thing you do with G. Willow WilsonHow the Patriot Act stole our civil rights with Zahra BillooInto the TerrorverseIntroducing: Muslim in Plain Sight