Tuesday, March 10, 2009

In Search of the Minnesota Muslim

Hello All,

KFAI is part of a project (cosponsored by the University of Minnesota's Institute for Global Studies) that seeks to give voice to the Muslim community. As part of this project, KFAI is broadcasting and streaming a series of documentary clips about Muslims in Minnesota.

l was one of the contributors to this project. My piece "In Search of the Minnesota Muslim" will air on March 18, 2009, during the KFAI Evening News beginning at 6:00 pm US Central Time (2300 UTC). The clip is 6 minutes long (as are most of the others).

You can listen to this piece in the following ways:
- On air at 90.3FM Minneapolis, and 106.7FM St. Paul
- Live via the Internet at http://www.kfai.org/smil/kfailive.ram
- Via the program archives at http://www.kfai.org/news/full-programs (after the broadcast date and time)

“In Search of the Minnesota Muslim” is an exploration of Muslims lives in Minnesota.

The piece features Muslims from a variety of cultural and professional backgrounds talking about how they practice their faith, how it guides their lives, and how it positions them in the broader socio-cultural scene. The respondents include students, an accountant, a homemaker, a lawyer, an engineer, a business manager, and an Information Technology professional.

These individuals describe what it means to be a Muslim, the fundamental practices of the Islamic creed, how they try to live an Islamic life, and whether they are different from other Minnesotans. Their serious statements intermixed with some spontaneous humorous remarks and an uncommon twist or two, paint a richly textured picture of Muslim life in Minnesota.

Many thanks to those of you who contributed your views and voices to this documentary. I deeply appreciate your participation.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 10:49 AM
Subject: KFAI News Presents Muslims in Minnesota Radio Series

KFAI News launches a month-long series Tuesday, March 10, 2009, exploring
what it means to be Muslim in Minnesota. This series compiles stories
ranging from controversial to inspiring. Listeners will hear how a Muslim
immigrant struggles with questions of identity, law and faith after getting
arrested for a crime and facing possible deportation. One story shows how
some women are creating their own definition of feminism. Still another
story asks what drives Minnesota Hip Hop artists who intertwine their faith
with the pounding beats and steady rhythms of their art form. Some of the
stories are produced by Muslim reporters who bring their own perspectives
and insights to their work.

“Muslims in Minnesota” begins March 10, and will continue every Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 6pm during the KFAI Evening News, 90.3FM,
Minneapolis and 106.7FM, St. Paul. The stories along with pictures,
additional insights and links to helpful information will be found online at

Muslims in Minnesota series on KFAI

March 10 - Faith in Hip Hop
March 11 – One Strike and You’re Out - Facing the Criminal Justice System
March 12 – Wearing Faith on their Sleeves - Muslim Tees
March 17 - Empowered Muslim Women
March 18 - In Search of the Minnesotan Muslim
March 19 - Muslim Immigrants Learn English
March 24 - Music and Sufi Islam in the Twin Cities
March 25 - Muslim Burial Traditions
March 26 - The Line Between Mosque and State

The Muslims in Minnesota series is produced in cooperation with the
University of Minnesota's Institute for Global Studies. www.mmm.umn.edu

KFAI Radio broadcasts on 90.3 FM in Minneapolis and 106.7 FM in Saint Paul.

KFAI Mission Statement KFAI is a volunteer-based community radio station
that exists to broadcast information, arts and entertainment programming for
an audience of diverse racial, social and economic backgrounds. By providing
a voice for people ignored or misrepresented by mainstream media, KFAI
increases understanding between peoples and communities, while fostering the
values of democracy and social justice.

Ahndi Fridell
News Director
KFAI,Radio Without Boundaries
90.3FM Minneapolis, 106.7FM St. Paul

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