Coffee with Abdul-Rehman Malik
Aug 07 2020
This week Katherine and Paul welcome the ever-inspiring Muslim thinker, writer and Yale Divinity School lecturer, Abdul-Rehman Malik. We brew up a conversation about food, drink and spirituality, and how slowing down to enjoy the ritual of making coffee can have a positive impact on your well-being.Abdul-Rehman, our unofficial spiritual guide and guru, tells us about the challenges and benefits of observing Ramadan during lockdown this year, as well as how this unusual time has been a great catalyst for change. Meanwhile, Katherine and Paul discuss why Greenbelt Festival made the decision to work more closely with Muslim communities in the UK after 9/11. And, perhaps most importantly of all, we find out if Katherine is a morning or evening person (spoiler alert: her answer may surprise you). Take a moment to make a nice hot brew to enjoy with this episode! Links, resources and episode timestamps (for all you skippers out there) below.____ABOUT ABDUL-REHMANAbdul-Rehman Malik is an award winning journalist, educator and cultural organiser. Since June 2019 he has been Lecturer and Associate Research Scholar at the Yale Divinity School. He also serves as the Programme Coordinator at Yale University’s Council on Middle East Studies, and is responsible for developing curricula and partnerships with public schools to promote better cultural, language and religious literacy about the Middle East.https://about.me/abdulrehmanmalikTwitter: @ArMalikInstagram: @armalik____LINKS AND RESOURCES‘The Mohammedan Bean: The Secret History of Islam and Coffee’ by Abdul-Rehman Malik https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bkti89ndu4M&feature=youtu.beCanada’s Drag Race https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/p08h1dp1/canadas-drag-raceThe Book of Queer Prophets https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Ruth-Hunt/The-Book-of-Queer-Prophets--24-Writers-on-Sexuality-and-Religion/24136263Harvard study on health and happiness https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/04/over-nearly-80-years-harvard-study-has-been-showing-how-to-live-a-healthy-and-happy-life/ More from Abdul-Rehman at Greenbelt Festivalhttps://www.greenbelt.org.uk/talks-archive/#~abdulWe didn’t mention this one in the episode, but if you want to find out more about gender fluidity in the bible, we recommend you check out Peterson Toscano:https://petersontoscano.comhttps://petersontoscano.com/portfolio/transfigurations/Twitter: @p2son____00:00 - Welcome to Somewhere To Believe In00:30 - Katherine and Paul catch up07:00 - Katherine and Paul talk about Islam and Greenbelt Festival11:40 - Introducing Abdul-Rehman and his work12:18 - Abdul-Rehman joins the conversation12:30 - Abdul-Rehman on Ramadan during lockdown16:20 - Talk Snippet from #GB16 ‘The Mohammedan Bean: The Secret History of Islam and Coffee’15:00 - Abdul-Rehman on spirituality and food28:24 - Abdul-Rehman on community31:35 - Abdul-Rehman on Friday prayers35:00 - Abdul-Rehman on changes to traditional rules25:40 - Abdul-Rehman on racial justice40:50 - Abdul-Rehman on how we can be better42:50 - Abdul-Rehman on Greenbelt43:30 - Abdul-Rehman on death49:00 - Abdul-Rehman on lockdown beards49:40 - Katherine and Paul reflect on the conversation with Abdul-Rehman54:00 - How to get in touch with us57:50 - Coming up in next week’s episode58:30 - Thank you’s- ____A huge thanks to the Greenbelt Volunteer Talks Team for all their hard work on editing this episode. Our podcast music is ‘I Can Change’ by Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires.____https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/#SomewhereToBelieveIn See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.