The old saying “children should be seen, but not heard” still rings true today. Although the majority of the population in many countries is younger than 25, youth perspectives are rarely, if ever, taken seriously. This is especially true for those under the age of 18 and those who come from minority groups such as people of color or Muslims. This Is Where I Need to Be: Oral Histories of Muslim Youth in NYC attempts to break these barriers by providing a platform for diverse young Muslims of color living in New York City to voice their perspectives. You can watch a video clip of Palestinian-American Amna Ahmad’s reading of Bengali-American Taseen Ferdous’s contribution to the book.
Three principal members of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s LUBAR Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions join me for a candid conversation about their own personal religious beliefs, how faith illuminates their lives, and what they have learned from one another.
These digital stories were produced by Fatima Sartbaeva, a CREECA student assistant and native of Kyrgyzstan. Fatima holds a master?s degree in gender studies from Central European University in Budapest and was the associate producer and on-screen translator of the 2004 documentary film Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan. Fatima plans to pursue doctoral work in cultural anthropology.