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Playlist: Ramadan

Compiled By: PRX Editors

Via Afi Scruggs Credit: Yi Nam Jahe
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Curated Playlist

Ramadan is May 26 - June 24 in 2017.

Here are pieces about Ramadan and issues affecting Muslims throughout the world.

These are picks chosen by PRX editorial staff.

Ehky Ya Masr Podcast - Ramadan Series (Series)

Produced by kim fox

Ehky Ya Masr is a narrative podcast about life in Egypt.

Most recent piece in this series:

Ramadan-Hijri Months Isn't Only Ramadan (Arabic)

From kim fox | Part of the Ehky Ya Masr Podcast - Ramadan Series series | 03:31

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التقويم الهجري مش بس رمضان: سارة حسن 
حلقة النهاردة من #إحكي_يا_مصر عن التقويم الهجري اللي نسيناه أو فاكرين منه بس رمضان. سارة حسن هتفكرنا تاني بأهميته في حياتنا وهتتساءل عن مستقبله في السنين الجاية.

“Hijri Months Isn’t Only Ramadan” by Sarah Hassan.

This audio feature puts the Islamic Hijri calendar under the microscope, as there are generations that have have no clue what its months are except for Ramadan. That said, Sarah Hassan reveals the importance of this calendar and wonders where will it be within a decade or two.

“Hijri Months Isn’t Only Ramadan” is a part of the Ehky Ya Masr إحكي يا مصر Ramadan series.

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Amina on Ramadan (2015) (Series)

Produced by Katy Sewall

Amina Al-Sadi is a 25-year-old American Muslim currently observing the holy month of Ramadan. She candidly shares her struggles and joys, giving non-Muslim listeners an richer understanding of the holiday.

Part 1: Fasting (posted June 23rd, 2015)
Part 2: Belonging (to be posted mid-day on June 30th)
Part 3: Celebration (to be posted midday on July 7th)

A 3-part series, though each piece makes sense individually.

Most recent piece in this series:

Ramadan: The Celebration

From Katy Sewall | Part of the Amina on Ramadan (2015) series | 06:00

Dscf0521_small Amina Al-Sadi is a 25-year-old American Muslim currently observing the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is for spiritual renewal, but it is also about celebration. Amina and her family bring us an intimate look at the holiday that marks the end of the month. A holiday many people compare to Christmas.

This piece is Part 3 of a three part series - but it can also stand alone.

Ramadan Mubarak: Islam in a work-a-day world.

From Afi-Odelia E. Scruggs | Part of the Ramadan Mubarak series | 02:28

An American Muslim woman describes the ways she meets her religious requirements at work, and her co-workers reactions.

Illustration_yi_nam_jahe_small Many stories of Islam in America are stories of conflict, but Kendra Strother tell a story of accomodation. In this short piece, Strother describes how she balances her religious requirements with her tasks a major corporation, and the reaction she gets from her co-workers.

Ramadan Mubarak: The Science of Breaking the Fast

From Afi-Odelia E. Scruggs | Part of the Ramadan Mubarak series | 02:52

After abstaining from food and drink during the daylight hours of Ramadan, Muslims return to eating with a meal of dates, water or milk. The combination is traditional and nutritional. Afi Scruggs produced this explanation of the science behind breaking the fast.

Dates_1_small After abstaining from food and drink during the daylight hours of Ramadan, Muslims return to eating with a meal of dates, water or milk. The combination is traditional and nutritional. Afi Scruggs produced this explanation of the science behind breaking the fast.

Couscous and Cultural Diplomacy

From Andrea Wenzel | 28:00

What's it like to be the only Muslim in the only US town named after an Arab Muslim… Elkader, Iowa was named after an Algerian jihadist in the 19th century. After September 11th, some wanted to change the town’s name. At the same time an openly gay Algerian man and his partner decided to start an Algerian-American restaurant on Elkader's Main Street. The story charts their adventures with cultural adaptation, American identity, and small town politics.

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Ramadan - An Inward Time (Series)

Produced by Russ Jennings

The Islamic holiday of Ramadan in music, poetry and teaching

Most recent piece in this series:

Ramadan Fasting

From Russ Jennings | Part of the Ramadan - An Inward Time series | 05:05

Dervishes_small In the year 610, in the lunar month of Ramadan, Muhammad was given the Koran, the core text of Islam. For fourteen hundred years, Muslims around the world commemorate this event with a month of fasting, self-examination, and prayer. This short piece featur Shaykh Ibrahim al Ansari, of Berkeley, California, who leads a community of the Qadiri-Rifai tariqa, a Turkish Sufi order. The piece contains a teaching by one of the shaykh and a Rumi poem (read by Soo Han), over Sufi music by Suleyman Erguner. The poems were selected by Rumi’s transelator, Colman Barks. This piece is short, and can be inserted into magazine format programs. It offers a way for Americans to learn a bit about the power and spirituality of Islam, in a time when it is only caricatured in the corporate media.

Gay and Lesbian Muslims, On a "Jihad" For Love

From Interfaith Voices | 12:00

An interview with Parvez Sharma, director of "A Jihad For Love," and Muhsin Hendricks, a subject of the film

Ajihadforlove_small Host Intro: A short passage in the Koran, along with a handful of quotes attributed to the prophet Muhammed, condemn homosexuality as a crime in the eyes of many Islamic scholars. Punishments range from whippings, prison time or even death by stoning. A new documentary called "A Jihad for Love" tells the stories of more than a dozen gay and lesbian Muslims from around the world...all of whom stay devoted to a faith that doesn't seem to want them. Laura Kwerel explains. Outro: "A Jihad For Love" is playing in select theaters now through September.

Yasmin Shafiq: Getting A Hijab Haircut in the US

From jonna mckone | 04:03

In DC's suburbs, Yasmin, who is Bangladeshi, gets a hair cut at a salon that accommodates Muslim women. During the process, she quietly considers identity, fashion and generational differences.

Yasmin_small In DC's suburbs, Yasmin, who is Bangladeshi, gets a hair cut at a salon that accommodates Muslim women. During the process, she quietly considers identity, fashion and generational differences.

I Didn't Know That (You Were a Muslim)

From Tali Singer | 02:55

A portrait of how a recent college graduate came to Islam, and the story of what happened when her parents found out she'd converted.
This piece was produced for the 2010 Third Coast ShortDocs Challenge.

Bethbowman_small When Beth first started college, she knew she was interested in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. But when she began taking classes, she found she was more interested in the spirituality of Islam than its politics. Then, in 2008, this 6-foot-tall, Irish-Catholic girl from upstate New York made the decision to convert. This story is a short portrait of Beth's spiritual journey.