We received so many wonderful Ramadan stories from Muslims around the world. But, we only had 60 minutes for those voices. Rather than letting these stories collect dust, we created this playlist featuring 30 voices —one story per day for each day of Ramadan.
The voices in this episode are only a sample of the many thoughtful reflections we received in response to our exploration of the many, varying expressions of Muslim identity. We created a dynamic map that allows you to read each Muslim's essay and see the broader geographical context.
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Voices on the Radio
is a professor at the University of South Florida. She grew up in Kuwait.
is co-host of the Al Jazeera America TV show, “The Stream.” He’s a playwright, and a first-generation Pakistani-American.
emigrated from Russia to Dallas, Texas when she was eight years old. She grew up in the Russian Orthodox Church.
is Mexican-American, a lawyer, and a single mother. She lives in Seattle.
is a scholar of modern history with a focus on the Middle East. He has taught in the U.S., Turkey, and Spain.
is a PhD student in New York City studying Arabic and Comparative Literature.
is a program officer in the Education and Training Center/International at the United States Institute of Peace.
is a poet. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where he and his wife are active Muslim members of a Unitarian Universalist congregation.
grew up in Istanbul and now lives and teaches elementary school in New York.
is a retired federal prosecutor and the father of 11 children. He lives in New York.
is a campaign communications specialist for the Service Employees International Union.
lives in Dallas, Texas where she volunteers with the Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation.
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A globally admired voice of an emerging Muslim American dream. Rami Nashashibi uses graffiti, calligraphy, and hip hop in his work as a healing force on the South Side of Chicago. He's an activist who converges religious virtues, social action, and the arts. His life is a creative response to ethical confusion in a world of disparity.
The 13th-century Muslim mystic and poet Rumi has long shaped Muslims around the world and has now become popular in the West. Rumi created a new language of love within the Islamic mystical tradition of Sufism. We hear his poetry as we delve into his world and listen for its echoes in our own.