GIA Podcast | Narrative Change: Satire, Storytelling, and Unpacking this Shift

GIA Podcast | Grantmakers in the Arts.

Narrative Change Through Satirical Storytelling (podcast #17): Zeyba Rahman, senior program officer for The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art's Building Bridges Program; Josh Seftel, filmmaker and creator of “The Secret Life of Muslims” series; Hussein Rashid, adjunct faculty member in the Department of Religion at Barnard College who focuses his research on Muslim and American pop culture; and Negin Farsad, Iranian-American writer and comedian who you can find on Netflix, HBO, and other media platforms, are interviewed by Nadia Elokdah, deputy director and director of programs of GIA. They discuss their recent film, The History of Muslims in the US, and share how they have used creative methods for shifting narratives and culture as a strategy towards equity.


Discovering Islam in New York City: a tour of its Muslim History | the.Ismaili

Discovering Islam in New York City: a tour of its Muslim History | the.Ismaili.
Hussein Rashid, professor at Columbia University and himself once the coordinator for CPOI, said he arranged this tour for Jamati members in order to “seize opportunities to expand our knowledge,” following Mawlana Hazar Imam’s general guidance. “As an Ismaili Muslim, I believe it’s important that we learn about and engage with our history in ways that do not isolate us but recognize our role in the world. As a result, I look for opportunities that allow [me] to experience my history and faith and try to share [this] with members of the Jamat.”

My Salaam - Bringing comics to heal and preserve culture in Syrian refugee camps

My Salaam - Bringing comics to heal and preserve culture in Syrian refugee camps.
CYRIC’s founder, A. David Lewis, is himself a comics and graphic novel author. He started the organisation as a way to help Syrian refugee children by preserving their cultural heritage. “Specifically, it focuses on traditional Syrian stories,” CYRIC board member Hussein Rashid explained. “It helps the children, and hopefully will aid in making sure some part of Syrian story culture persists.”

Breaking fast and drawing together: The iftar at Ramadan with Hussein Rashid - Religion News Service

Breaking fast and drawing together: The iftar at Ramadan with Hussein Rashid - Religion News Service.

The holy month of Ramadan is marked by a well-known 30-day fast from sunup to sundown. When the sun goes down, the fast is traditionally broken with water and three dates. To unpack some deeper meaning behind this rigorous and difficult ritual fast, Beliefs producer Jonathan Woodward sat with Dr. Hussein Rashid, Islamic scholar and educator.


For many Muslims, Ramadan is a built-in digital detox program - Religion News Service

For many Muslims, Ramadan is a built-in digital detox program - Religion News Service.
Hussein Rashid, who teaches Islamic studies at The New School, is also trying to cut back on gaming this Ramadan as part of his ongoing pursuit of a more “mindful” use of technology. Back in 2016, Rashid was spending well over an hour on Facebook every day when he decided to log out for the month of Ramadan. 
‘The idea that Facebook promoted a false sense of self was really resonating with me and I started thinking about how Facebook encourages the nafs,” he said, using an Arabic word often used to describe one’s ego or animalistic self. At the end of the month, he realized he was both happier and more productive, engaging in less pointless arguments and idle chatter. The next year, he decided to delete it entirely. 
“For me, part of developing spirituality is being honest with yourself and people you want to connect with,” he said. “Facebook was encouraging my worst attributes, my nafs, my ego, and pushing me to say, ‘Look how great I am. This is what’s happening in my life.’”

Rabbi Schoolman & Dr. Rashid: Two Prophets, Two Faiths Tickets in New York, NY, United States

Rabbi Schoolman & Dr. Rashid: Two Prophets, Two Faiths Tickets in New York, NY, United States.
Two iconic figures in the Torah, Abraham and Moses, are depicted as prophets in the Quran. We will delve into the differences in the way these two personalities emerge in Jewish and Islamic scripture, what similarities they share and what we can learn about the differences between Islam and Judaism from those depictions. 

Wilbur Awards to celebrate 70 years in Chicago, winners announced for 2019 - Religion News Service

Wilbur Awards to celebrate 70 years in Chicago, winners announced for 2019 - Religion News Service.
Documentary (up to 30 min.) “The Secret History of Muslims in the US,”  Zeyba Rahman, Hussein Rashid, Joshua Seftel, Negin Farsad, Maria Stanisheva; Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Smartypants Pictures & Animadocs, Brooklyn, New York

Exploring the Intersection of Faith and Environmental Justice with Theologian Hussein Rashid - Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4)

Exploring the Intersection of Faith and Environmental Justice with Theologian Hussein Rashid - Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4).
Theologian Hussein Rashid discusses the challenges and possibilities he sees in environmental justice work today.