Reza Jalali is originally from Iran. In this interview he shares his story and perspective about the holy month of Ramadan and reads an excerpt from his book Moon Watchers: Shirin's Ramadan Miracle.
Besides being an author, his is also a community organizer, Muslim scholar, and is Coordinator of Multicultural Student Affairs at USM.
Music: Axiom of Choice, Kashmir and Niyaz, Allahi Allah
Reza Jalali is Coordinator of Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of Southern Maine. He is also an esteemed teacher, writer, community organizer, and Muslim scholar. Originally from Iran, then educated in India, he has called Maine home for over twenty years now. During this interview he reads from his latest book Homesick Mosque about how subtly and profoundly relationships changed after 9/11 for Muslim members of our community. This book and his others, Moon Watchers: Shirin's Ramadan Miracle and New Mainers (author of the forward), are available at local bookstores as well as from booksellers on the web.
Abdi shares his stories about what it was like growing up in Maine in an immigrant family, what education means to his family, and some of his hopes for his future.
He also characterizes how he perceived Somalia when he visited there last summer with his family--a child of the diaspora sees third world Somalia with first world eyes.
In celebration of National Women's History month, WMPG (90.9 FM) hosted a special day of women's programming on Saturday, March 29th. Four young women from the University of Southern Maine's Muslim Student Association comprised a panel to discuss women's issues for an hour long radio show. Salma Hassan, Hani Ali, Hawo Mohamed and Hawa shared their perspectives on three major points: "Woman" vs. "Girl", the impact of recent budget cuts on women at the University of Southern Maine, and the role of Islam in their daily lives.
Their bright and lively commentary was broadcasted live as they shared openly from their life experiences as first generation immigrants of Somali and Afghan descent.
Sunday, November 3rd Palaver Strings will join me in the studio at noon to discuss their upcoming Welcome Home tour. They are fantastic! I hope you can join us, too.