The poetry of Forough Farrokhzad is written in the gender neutral Persian language and offers multiple interpretations of gender and subjectivity. Editor of Danish queer feminist magazine Friktion, Nazila Kivi, and poet and translator Shadi Angelina Bazeghi sat down to discuss the challenges of translating Farrokhzad to Danish in the latter’s Danish introduction to Farrokhzad and the queering potential of poetry that transcends language, time and traditional gender roles.
Another installment in Ajam’s Emerging Scholarship Series, where we speak with Dr. Christine Baker about the history of sectarian development in Islam. Dr. Baker discusses notions of “Orthodoxy” and “Heterodoxy” through the lens of 10th century Buyid and Fatimid sources.
One hundred years on from the Armenian Genocide, we highlight but a few Armenian cultural organizations and producers in hopes of both remembering the past, and supporting Armenians who continue to build a better future.
Despite the Zoroastrian community’s waning numbers, the urban fabric of Mumbai’s older neighborhoods remain dominated by symbols and reminders of the Parsi and Irani communities’ success in the Subcontinent.
Ajam Book Club continues with our last live-streamed discussion with Sohail Daulatzai on his book, BLACK STAR, CRESCENT MOON
Black Star, Crescent Moon explores Muhammad Ali’s legacy and impact in popular culture and politics in the United States. Unlike Malcolm X, whose political, intellectual, and spiritual development was cut short due to his untimely martyrdom, Muhammad Ali has continued to grow in the decades since X’s death.
Ajam Book Club continues the discussion with Sohail Daulatzai’s about his book, Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom Beyond America. Tune in on Sunday April 5th at 3pm EST for our third and final live stream.
Nowruz — which literally means “new day” in Persian — means new beginnings. As a holiday associated with the coming of spring, it is naturally a productive force and a time of reflection on the year that has past as well as our wishes for the year to come. May the year 1394 be full of ideas, creativity, love, resistance, and power for all.
Ajam Media Collective is proud to launch its first ever digital book club, featuring Sohail Daulatzai’s Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom Beyond America. Mark your…
Barks, suffering from a particularly profitable case of researcher’s blindness, has flooded the market with a Rumi that has come to symbolize the individual beholden to no particular tradition, a man who seeks love before God or faith, all too familiar already in the canon of English, specifically American, literature. The result is a New Age poet, devoid of Islam, the 13th century, or the themes and images of the golden age of classical Persian poetry.