Perhaps our most important episode yet. There's a lot that comes with the identities of being Hindu and Muslim that we don't always discuss. Shabnum, Razib, and Khan discuss how deeply the religions are intertwined with our culture, since for desis culture and religion are deeply coupled in a way that is less common in the West.
Razib and Khan will delve into tales from their childhood about coming to understand what Islam is, and the different interpretations of what the principles of Islam are by different ethnic groups of people. Shabnum will talk about how she and so many other Hindus she knows have trouble accepting an identity of Hindu because the term was always ambiguous to begin with, and people practice it differently. Saying you're Hindu fundamentally comes with less clarity on actual practices and beliefs than saying you're Muslim. We will dive into the historical events that have shaped modern perspectives of both Hinduism and Islam.
We at Cultured, or Nah? truly believe that greater understanding and mutual respect can be engendered by having an open dialogue, and this is just one of the many conversations we feel that we as desis don't have enough and with as much depth as we should. Follow us on Instagram @culturedornah
Host: Shabnum Gulati
Guests: Khan Asghar, Razib Khan
Illustration: Hanifa Abdul Hameed
Music: AnAkkIN on SoundCloud