Atlantic Books is launching a podcast with author Tawseef Khan, exploring what it means to be Muslim in the 21st century.
"Muslim, Actually" is an accompaniment to Khan's book, The Muslim Problem: Why We’re Wrong About Islam and Why Ii Matters, set for publication on 4th March. The first podcast episode will be released on 16th February, as part of a six-part weekly series.
Produced by George Ofori-Addo, the podcast centres on a discussion between Khan and a variety of guests, veering from topics such as sexuality and gender within Islam, the impact of media on faith, and the role of family. Guests will include Dr Shanon Shah, a singer-songwriter, playwright, and journalist; Leyla Jagiella, cultural anthropologist and scholar of religion; Wasi Daniju, photographer and counsellor; Hussein Kesvani, journalist, author, and multimedia producer; and Dr Sahil Warsi, a consultant on international development.
Khan is a Muslim, a qualified solicitor specialising in immigration and asylum law, and a human rights activist, with over 10 years' experience working on refugee and Muslim issues. In 2016 he obtained a doctoral degree from the University of Liverpool, where his thesis explored the fairness of the British asylum system. He was a recipient of a 2017 Northern Writers Award.
Commenting on the podcast launch, Khan said: "'Muslim, Actually' is such a brilliant opportunity for us to continue the conversations that I began in The Muslim Problem and expand our understanding of how Muslims live their lives and negotiate their spirituality. I'm especially proud of the fact that the podcast has been a platform for some of my closest friends to share their experiences with Islam and the world around them and to speak about how they have triumphed despite the odds."
"Muslim, Actually" will be available to download from all podcast sites from 16th February.
The Muslim Problem: Why We’re Wrong About Islam and Why it Matters will be released in hardback and e-book.