The Hijabi Diaries is a radio podcast that invites ordinary Muslim women to talk about their lives, their work, their families, their dreams, why they wear the hijab, and what it's like to be a Muslim woman in America at this moment in time - when Islamophobic prejudice is on the rise in the USA.
Today on the podcast, we have a story of love. It's a story of growth and of coming of age. It's a story of two people coming to understand themselves better, and of them both finding a way back to loving one another, even if they don't totally understand each other's choices. It's also, more simply, the story of a father and a daughter.
A warning that this episode deals with issues of addiction, depression, and anxiety. It also makes mention of an attempted suicide. These themes may not be suitable for all ages, so if you are listening with children we ask you to use your discretion. For alternative episodes of the Hijabi Diaries that are more suitable for children, visit our website at www.hijabidiaries.com.
Hijabi Diaries is back, with new episodes produced by Wes Martin and Aubrey Seader, for WFHB, Bloomington (IN).
In this first episode of 2018, Abi weaves the tale of her long journey to converting to Islam, which started shortly after the events of September 11th, 2001.
Later in the episode, we here from Filizen Cicek, and Anna Maidi, about their experiences with gender inequality both inside and outside the religious, cultural, and even political institutions they grew up in, and later on in the ones they adopted.
Hijabi Diaries is produced by WFHB, and the Openhearted Campaign to end Islamophobia in Bloomington, IN. Producers are Aubrey Seader, Wes Martin, and Anna Maidi.
Meryem speaks about her current dilemma. She's experienced a lot of prejudice since moving to Bloomington, more than she did when she was an undergraduate student in New Hampshire in the early 2000's. She fears for her safety and the safety and happiness of her young son. She has enjoyed living in America and loves the friends she has made.. the majority of people around her are nice and welcoming .. but she doesn't want her son to grow up to believe he is separate or "other," and fears he is starting to learn just that.
In this episode of the Hijabi Diaries, we bring you a special treat: An interview with Anna Maidi, the co-producer of the Hijabi Diaries, and the creator of the Openhearted campaign. She talks about why she decided to start these projects, and why she believes that Muslims telling their stories will bring greater understanding, appreciation and peace to communities around the country.