We enjoyed discussing with Alya her bestselling non-fiction book The Greater Freedom: Life as a Middle Eastern Woman Outside the Stereotypes and the recently launched newsletter "The Greater Conversation", centering female Middle Eastern stories with an aim to de-stigmatize through honest storytelling.
Created & Hosted by Mikey Muhanna, afikra, https://www.instagram.com/mikey_mu/
Edited by: Ramzi Ramman
Theme music by: Tarek Yamani https://www.instagram.com/tarek_yamani/
About the afikra conversation series:
Our long-form interview series, hosted on Zoom, featuring academics and arts and media experts who are helping document and/or shape the history and culture of the Arab world through their work. Our hope is that by having the guest share their expertise and story, the community still walks away with newfound curiosity - and maybe some good recommendations about new nerdy rabbit holes to dive into headfirst. Following the interview, there is a moderated town-hall-style Q&A with questions coming from the live virtual audience on Zoom. Join the live audience: https://www.afikra.com/rsvp
afikra is a grassroots movement that has evolved into a global community dedicated to exploring the history and culture of the Arab world. Starting in 2014 in NYC, our mission has always been two-pronged: cultivate curiosity and build community. We've hosted intimate salon-style events all over the world that feature in-depth presentations on topics related to the Arab world, given by members of our community. What makes afikra different is that our programs and platform is designed to engage our community to ask their own questions, and provide an open community of peers who support each other as we all look for the answers together. Our vision is to build a global community of curious minds who are interested in promoting intellectualism and deepening our communal knowledge of the Arab region.