There are few Muslims who can say they had a seat at the President’s table, and Dalia Mogahed is one of those rare few. An Egyptian American at the forefront of Muslim Activism for over a decade, Dalia’s journey has seen her lecturing at colleges, training law enforcement and eventually, advising the Obama Administration. We trace Dalia’s life from a normal Egyptian American childhood to the banality of corporate life up until an event that radically changed the fabric of American society: 9/11. We dig deeper to uncover an inspiring mix of spirituality, hope, desperation and wisdom that drives Dalia to navigate the perplexing maze that is the life of an American Muslim.
The Transit Lounge
Toledo Society Podcast with Haroon Meer
Haroon Meer grew up in the tail end of Apartheid South Africa, but his future was far from bleak. After almost two decades in information security (and playing a lot of pool!), Haroon founded Thinkst, a start-up responsible for bringing Canary to the world, a cyber-security honeypot used by some of the biggest tech giants in the world including Slack and Etsy. In this interview we reflect on Haroon’s journey that saw him consulting NATO, sleeping on the Quantico base, and everything in between. What does it take to become an authority in one field? Haroon’s experience draws us closer to answering that question.
Professor John Esposito took on a master’s program and later a PhD – specialising in a strange and unpopular subfield of a subfield – Islam. To contextualise, during the 1960s, Islam wasn’t a hot-button topic like it is now.
Prof. Esposito talks with host Mohamad Zaoud about his unlikely journey to become Gerogetown University’s Scholar of Islam. He shares his formula for success, how his upbringing helped shaped his mindset, and delivers a powerful & pragmatic message to the next generation of Muslims.
One thing that can’t go unnoticed is Prof. John Esposito’s sense of humour. It makes for a great conversation and is guaranteed to keep you engaged the entire way through. Listen away and let us know what you think!
So you might be asking, “Why Toledo Society? Why Transit Lounge? Why bother?”. We asked our Head of Content, Mohamad Zaoud the very same questions when he first told us about his idea for a Muslim Podcast network. His reply, an eloquent recount of a trip he previously took to an island of random animals. Listen in and you’ll see the snow ball effect of a single thought turning into a fully operational podcast network.
And for those that don’t know Mohamad Zaoud, who is also the host of our first original production – “The Transit Lounge”, you can see his short bio here:
Mohamad Zaoud is a brand enthusiast and consults businesses and NGOs on brand & growth strategies. He’s currently the Manager of Digital Growth – EMEA, and formerly Head of Marketing MENA, at Al Jazeera Media Network where he’s worked on flagship brands including Al Jazeera and AJ+.