Episode 15: The Good and the Bad

In episode 15, two podcast worlds collide. #GoodMuslimBadMuslim hosts Taz Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh discuss podcasting while Muslim, Iranian, Bengali, American, feminist, comedian, artist, activist…(you get the point). We talk about what it’s like to walk the fine line between what it means to be a good and bad Muslim — and no we’re not talking about hijab.


  • Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed, @tazzystar, is an activist, storyteller and politico based in Los Angeles.
  • Zahra Noorbakhsh, @ZahraComedy, is a writer, actor and comedian based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Listen to #GoodMuslimBadMuslimwww.goodmuslimbadmuslim.com

All this month, we’re also asking you to tell a friend about a podcast they’ll love. Right now, think of a friend, your mom, anyone you care about—what podcast would they really love. Got it? Now do it—tell them about it in real life or on social media, and if they don’t know about podcasts, show them how! Tell us what you recommended with #TryPod.

Meet the women behind Identity Politics, here’s our interview with Wellesley Underground.

Episode Details:

  • (1:05) Ikhlas and Makkah are recording from the same place!! Plus we shoutout our amazing listeners and share some of the feedback y’all have been sending our way.
  • (6:09) We share some of our favorite podcasts and ask you to do the same by using #Trypod and letting us know by tagging @identitypolpod.
  • (8:38) Taz and Zahra of the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast share the story of how they met and how their podcast started.
  • (12:13) Taz and Zahra discuss their art and activism and how the role of “Muslimness” in their work evolved over time.
  • (29:40) We talk about target audiences and what it was like to discover that white people listened to our podcasts.

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Intro and Outro Music:
RSPN by Blank and Kytt, CC-licensed: freemusicarchive.org/music/Blank__K…ious_-_08_RSPN

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