Tariq El-Amin of Radio Islam and Layla Abdullah-Poulos spent 2018 engaged in vibrant discussions about books by Muslim authors in an expanding canon of literature as well as in-depth talks about prevailing social issues.
Tariq invited Layla to talk about the hashtag #BlackMuslimReads highlighting the works of Black Muslim authors across genres during Black History Month. The hashtag went viral, and NbA Muslims hosted a Twitter Chat with authors.
The Radio Islam host then invited the NbA Muslims managing editor to return for a regular monthly spot.
Having the opportunity to review literary works, by Muslim authors, with Layla Abdullah Poulos this year, has been an introduction to new talented writers, and the basis for rich, thoughtful discussions. I’m looking forward to 2019. – Tariq El-Amin
As Tariq El-Amin and Layla Abdullah-Poulos plan for 2019, we are going to take a look back at their shows.
NbA Muslims – Layla Abdullah-Poulos
original airdate [2/20/18]
The first discussion between Tariq and Layla. They talk about #BlackMuslimReads and a growing appreciation for Muslim authorship
False Narratives and Muslim Fiction
original airdate [3/21/18]
Tariq and Layla discuss the book Tight Rope by Sahar Abdulaziz and explore ideas of privilege, identity and bias.
More on Race Relations with Layla Abdullah-Poulos
original airdate [4/16/48]
Tariq and Layla talk about the book American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear by Khaled Beydoun and xenophobic and racist structures in American and in American Muslim communities.
Reflections of Tried and Tested
original airdate [5/15/18]
Layla and Tariq analyze layers of domestic violence and ideas about manhood in the novel Tried and tested by Umm Juwaiyriyah. They extend the discussion to the jailing of Noura Hussein after being gang-raped and stabbing her husband.
Talking About Black Sheep
original airdate [6/21/18]
Tariz and Layla discuss YA and Muslim conversion experiences in the book Black Sheep by Na’ima B. Robert.
Review: Nasheed Jaxson’s Her Justice
Layla and Tariq talk about the dynamics of love, trust and autonomy in the romance novel Her Justice by Nasheed Jaxson.
original airdate [7/17/18]
Why Didn’t I Report It?
original airdate [9/26/18]
Layla and Tariq talk about the Me Too movement and the silencing of sexual assault victims.
Muslim Creatives at The New York Comicon
original airdate [10/25/18]
Tariq talks with Layla about the first all-Muslim panel a New York Comicon, one of the world’s largest cultural convenings. They also discuss Muslim creatives and fandom.
The Heart of Aleppo (Book Review)
original airdate [12/19/18]
Tariq and Layla review The Heart of Aleppo by Ammar Habib, a YA novel highlighting children their war-torn city.
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