Muslim Reformer: Forge Your Identity!

A Palestinian woman holds her identity card as she waits in queue at the Qalandia checkpoint in the occupied West Bank on June 9, 2017, in order to attend the second Friday prayers of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. (Photo: ABBAS MOMANI / AFP / Getty Images) American Muslim Identity Muslim Reformers Islamic Reform
A Palestinian woman holds her identity card as she waits in queue at the Qalandia checkpoint in the West Bank on June 9, 2017, in order to attend the second Friday prayers of the Muslim month of Ramadan at al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. (Photo: ABBAS MOMANI / AFP / Getty Images)

Clarion Project’s National Correspondent Shireen Qudosi appeared on We’re Just Talking About It (WJTA), where she tells Muslims “forget your identity.” WJTA is a freshly-launched podcast featuring an informal conversation about Islam and Muslim cultures. According to podcast host Jason Howk, it’s the conversation America should have started on September 12th, 2001. The show is produced and co-hosted by Hollie Fleck, an Emmy-award winning television news reporter.

In episode 8, Shireen shares:

  • Assimilation Challenges —  Why did it take 10 years to acclimate to the United States as an immigrant, and another 10 years before she felt like she belonged. Shireen also reflects on the challenges her parents faced through multiple waves of immigration.
  • Building the Foundation for Tolerance  — Shireen recalls what steps helped with overcoming immigration challenges in Germany, including going to Sunday school at the local church.
  • Forging New Identities  — How does migration help a young child forge a new identity. Simple exercises in expressing autonomy spotlight the potential first generation immigrants have. Could they be part of the solution to challenge ideological radicalization?
  • Experiencing Xenophobia  — What does xenophobia look and feel like for a seven-year-old immigrant girl?

Click here to listen to the full episode.

 

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Shireen Qudosi
Shireen Qudosi is Clarion Project's National Correspondent.

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