Antica Partners With Aga Khan Museum In Launching A Podcast Amplifying The Voices Of Leaders Who Are Redefining What It Means To Be Muslim In Today’s World
Toronto, Canada — January 25, 2021 — Antica Productions is proud to collaborate with the Aga Khan Museum, North America’s first and only museum dedicated to showcasing the arts of Muslim cultures and the contributions of Muslim civilizations to world heritage, in launching its latest podcast, This Being Human.
Hosted by award-winning journalist and educator Abdul-Rehman Malik, this 26-episode bi-weekly series explores the kaleidoscopic, global experiences of modern Muslim life through the prism of arts and culture.
Launching January 26, 2021, This Being Human is one of the first arts and culture podcasts devoted to amplifying the voices of leaders redefining what it means to be Muslim in today’s rapidly changing world. Among Malik’s first guests will be game-changing cultural luminaries such as art collector and impresario Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, two-time Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, and author and New York Times contributing op-ed writer Wajahat Ali.
“My journalism sits at the intersection of faith, culture, and social justice, and for over 25 years, I’ve tried to tell stories that go beyond easy clichés and hackneyed stereotypes,” says host Abdul-Rehman Malik. “This Being Human is about having conversations that matter with extraordinary people who are shaping the world we live in. After all, Muslim stories are human stories.”
The podcast’s name nods to the “The Guest House,” a poem by the globally beloved 13th-century Iranian poet Rumi. “Rumi’s poem encapsulates the goals and the spirit of this project perfectly,” says Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis, Interim Director and CEO of the Aga Khan Museum. “With This Being Human, as with all of our public programs, we aim to spark curiosity, connection, and an openness to people and experiences that may be new to us. The medium of podcasting, paired with Abdul-Rehman Malik’s gifts as an interviewer and his fascinating guests, will allow the museum to engage its global audiences in an innovative way around our mandate of promoting pluralism, inclusion, and hope.”
About Abdul-Rehman Malik:
Writer, filmmaker, educator, and pop culture aficionado Abdul-Rehman Malik is currently the Postgraduate Associate at Yale University’s Council on Middle East Studies. He was also the artist-in-residence at the Doris Duke Foundation’s Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Design and Culture, where he curated a series called “What is Muslim Culture?” His most recent documentary is “The Muhammadan Bean: The Secret History of Islam and Coffee.” His work has appeared on BBC Radio, Radio 4, Radio 2, and the World Service, and in countless online and print publications. He is a Toronto native and is an enthusiastic Aga Khan Museum supporter.
About Aga Khan Museum:
The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada, has been established and developed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), which is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The Museum’s mission is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage while often reflecting, through both its permanent and temporary exhibitions, how cultures connect with one another. Designed by architect Fumihiko Maki, the Museum shares a 6.8- hectare site with Toronto’s Ismaili Centre, which was designed by architect Charles Correa. The surrounding landscaped park was designed by landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic.
About Antica Productions
Antica Productions is a creative content company that specializes in film, TV and podcasts. One of North America’s largest independent podcast studios, its recent shows include Do You Know Mordechai? (NBC/UCP); The Lost Kids (NBC/UCP); The Revisionaries with Michele Romanow (Audible); Seven Truths with Tanya Talaga (Audible); and Hustled (Toronto Star). 2021 will see the launch of several new Antica co-productions, including the much anticipated Translators with the Black Eyed Peas.
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