interview

Sylvia Chan-Malik

I am an only child, but grew up surrounded by aunts, uncles, and multitudes of cousins in an extremely diverse East Bay suburb, where we celebrated Chinese New Year, attended Catholic communions, and danced at Filipino debuts.     Who Are You? I was born in Oakland, CA in 1974….

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Ten Questions with Nadia Manzoor of Shugs & Fats

It began as a project for MTVDesi in 2013:  comedienne Radhika Vaz and writer/performer Nadia Manzoor debuted the humorous musings of two hijabi Brooklyn implants, Shagufta and Fatima, in a show called “Shugs & Fats.” The project is now a web-based series highlighting their “quest to reconcile their long held…

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Apparel for Liberation: Avow

The American modest apparel community has a new sweetheart brand gaining quick recognition for its quality blend of design concept and garment construction. California based Avow Apparel is about liberation–the liberty to be who you are at all stages of your journey in life through the declaration of clothing. To…

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My So-Called Bad Muslims

My parents say you’re a bad influence. I heard ‘em talking about the things you do. Why do you do them?” “I don’t know. See, okay, when I look at myself, I see everything in, like, slow motion, and I think “Something has to happen.” Only it never does. So…

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Zainab Ismail (Nadoona) Interview

 I am a Puerto Rican convert, born and raised in New York City.  I was a Fitness Trainer/Speaker long before I became Muslim. Who are you? I am a Puerto Rican convert, born and raised in New York City.  I was a Fitness Trainer/Speaker long before I became Muslim. I…

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“Even the worldliest love has a spiritual side”: Interview with Elif Shafak

In her poetic new novel, Elif Shafak explores two parallel journeys toward Love – one set in modern times and another in the thirteenth century, between Sufi masters Rumi and Shams of Tabriz. The intersection between these two narratives reveals important lessons about self, selflessness, and Divine submission. Altmuslimah’s Asma Uddin spoke with the author about the deeper messages behind her lyrical prose.

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