Videoblogger Ali Ardekani, a.k.a. Baba Ali

UPDATE: the Muslims in the Media show was changed to October 29, 2008. Reza Aslan will also join Here on Earth host Jean Feraca for the show.

Baba Ali is Co-founder of Ummah Films, a Muslim film company, Ali works to create Halaal or “Islamically permissible” entertainment, including a videoblog called “The Reminder Series.” Ali videoblogs on YouTube and on the Ummah Films site about Islam and Muslim culture under the alias Baba Ali. He lives and broadcasts from Los Angeles, CA.

Videoblogger Baba Ali, by Neil Macfarquar
Photo: New York Times, Neil Macfarquar

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Muslims in the Media, Videoblogs, Sitcoms, and Satellite TV

“Muslims in the Media” Radio Show (20 Oct 2008)

Join Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders and Inside Islam for a radio program exploring Muslims in the media. “Muslims in the Media: Videoblogs, Sitcoms, and Satellite TV” airs October 30, 2008 at 3 p.m. Central Time. The program will be rebroadcast at 9 p.m. the same day. We are looking for input and comments from you, the public, about the specific content of the program.

Before the show, share your suggestions for guests, share links, and your thoughts about Muslims in the media in the comment section for this post.

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Heavy Metal Bands from Across the Globe

We only had an hour on yesterday’s Here on Earth show on heavy metal and Islam. That’s not enough time to cover a wide range of innovative music from around the world, some of which we just couldn’t fit all into the program. Dan, a producer for the show and part of the Inside Islam team, collected a series of videos to share with readers today.

More heavy metal bands after the break…

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Inside Islam’s first radio show: Here’s how you can listen and join the conversation

Heavy Metal Islam on Here on Earth (25 Sept 2008)

Today the first Here on Earth radio program for Inside Islam airs at 3 p.m. Central Time. There are several ways you can participate in this exciting initiative.

Update: Podcast of the show posted 10-10-2008

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Mark LeVine and Heavy Metal Islam: The Fight Over What Islam Means

Scholar and professional musician Mark LeVine traveled across the Middle East playing with and studying heavy metal bands in the area after the September 11 attacks in 2001. He was surprised by what he found.

That the possibility of a Muslim heavy-metal scene came as a total surprise to me only underscored how much I still had to learn about Morocco, and the Muslim world more broadly, even after a dozen years studying, traveling, and living in it. If there could be such a thing as a Heavy Metal Islam, I thought, then perhaps the future was far brighter than most observers of the Muslim world imagined less than a year after September 11, 2001 (Source).

Mark with Cafe Mira and Hassan Hakmoun (Flickr)
Mark with Cafe Mira and Hassan Hakmoun (Flickr)

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Radio Broadcast (25 Sept 2008): Heavy Metal Islam on Here on Earth

Mark LeVine, author of Heavy Metal Islam and Suroosh Alvi, co-director of Heavy Metal in Baghdad will join Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders on air Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. CST. You can listen to the show live on the Ideas Network webstream or check for the podcast later that day.

Heavy Metal and Islam

Watch the blog for posts about Islam and music around the world this week. Also, join the conversation. Leave questions for the guests or Jean, host of Here on Earth, in the comment section for this post. You can suggest topics for the show here as well. Thanks for listening.

Read guest bios after the break…

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Heavy Metal in Baghdad Documentary

Meet Acrassicauda, Iraq’s only heavy metal band.

In anticipation of Here on Earth’s first broadcast for Inside Islam on September 25, here is the trailer for a documentary called Heavy Metal in Baghdad. Acrassicauda, a group of young Iraqis, form the only heavy metal band in the city. The film follows their struggle for freedom to play music and stay alive. The younger generation of Muslims in Iraq and across the Middle East has seen the fastest growth in generations. Politically active and charged with changing the future landscape, bands like Acrassicauda fight for a more open and creative solution to the nation’s challenges.

Heavy Metal in Baghdad Trailer

“If I didn’t play drums as hard as I can, I was going to kill someone.”

Source (Heavy Metal in Baghdad)

LINKS:

  1. Listen to Acrassicauda on MySpace
  2. Read the band’s bio
  3. Visit the band’s blog

Here on Earth to host Moustafa Bayoumi Monday

Moustafa BayoumiHere on Earth: Radio Without Borders will have Moustafa Bayoumi on their show Monday to talk about Arab American youth in a post-9/11 world. He is professor of English at Brooklyn Collage and co-author of How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America The book features personal stories from the American Muslim community. Hear more about the book and stories from Arab American youth. Listen to past interviews with Bayoumi on Here on Earth’s archive’s page.

Comment on Muslim American perspectives post-9/11 before the show airs.

Leave a comment or email blogislam@insideislam.wisc.edu with your thoughts.

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Music and Islam

Aukje Dekker

The Here on Earth radio broadcasts for Inside Islam premiere on Thursday, September 25. The topic is heavy metal and Islam. Over the next two weeks, I’ll be posting about music and Islam in general, as well as about the specifics of our first show. You can leave any comments and/or links to articles, lyrics, videos, news, songs you want to share about Islam and music after the break. Thanks for the leads…

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