The On Being Project

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Revealing Ramadan
  • Samar Jarrah
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  • Wajahat Ali
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  • Sahar Ullah
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  • Ibrahim Al-Marashi
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  • Mary Hope Schwoebel
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  • Adnan Onart
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  • Feruze Faison
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  • Maria Romero
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  • Tayyaba Syed
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  • Yanina Vaschenko
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  • Allee Ramadhan
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  • Ilana Alazzeh
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  • Nadia Sheikh Bandukda
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  • Nicole Queen
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  • Shabiha Shariff
  • and
  • Steven Longden

Revealing Ramadan

Sixteen Muslims, in their own words, speak about the delights and gravity of Islam's holiest month. Through vivid memories and light-hearted musings, they reveal the richness of Ramadan — as a period of intimacy, and of parties; of getting up when the world is quiet for breakfast and prayers with one's family; of breaking the fast every day after nightfall in celebration and prayers with friends and strangers.
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Guests

  • Samar Jarrah

    Samar Jarrah

    is the co-host of True Talk, a global affairs talk show on WMNF in Tampa. She grew up in Kuwait.

  • Wajahat Ali

    Wajahat Ali

    is the creative director at Affinis Labs. He was previously the co-host of the Al Jazeera America show, The Stream. He’s a playwright, and a first-generation Pakistani-American.

  • Sahar Ullah

    Sahar Ullah

    is a PhD student at Columbia University studying Arabic and Comparative Literature.

  • Ibrahim Al-Marashi

    Ibrahim Al-Marashi

    is a professor of Middle East History at California State University in San Marcos. He has also taught in Turkey and Spain.

  • Mary Hope Schwoebel

    Mary Hope Schwoebel

    is a former senior program officer in the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding at the United States Institute of Peace. She is a professor of Conflict Resolution Studies at NOVA Southeastern University.

  • Adnan Onart

    Adnan Onart

    is a poet. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where he is an active Muslim member of a Unitarian Universalist congregation.

  • Feruze Faison

    Feruze Faison

    grew up in Istanbul and now lives and teaches elementary school in New York.

  • Maria Romero

    Maria Romero

    is Mexican-American, a lawyer, and a mother. She lives in Seattle.

  • Tayyaba Syed

    Tayyaba Syed

    is a Pakistani-American author, freelance journalist, and writing coach. She is a writer for Umm Nura’s chapter book series for children, Jannah Jewels.

  • Yanina Vaschenko

    Yanina Vaschenko

    emigrated from Russia to Dallas, Texas when she was eight years old. She is a bilingual elementary school teacher. She grew up in the Russian Orthodox Church.

  • Allee Ramadhan

    Allee Ramadhan

    is a retired federal prosecutor and the father of 11 children. He lives in New York.

  • Ilana Alazzeh

    Ilana Alazzeh

    is a multimedia artist and photographer in Washington, D.C. She is the founder of D.C. Townhall Dialogues and Muslims Against Homophobia and LGBT Hate.

  • Nadia Sheikh Bandukda

    Nadia Sheikh Bandukda

    is an attorney specializing in labor and employment issues.

  • Nicole Queen

    Nicole Queen

    is a photographer living in Dallas, Texas.

  • Shabiha Shariff

    Shabiha Shariff

    lives in Dallas, Texas where she volunteers with the Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation.

  • Steven Longden

    Steven Longden

    is a Mancunian who converted to Islam in 1993.