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“Imshi Imshi" unfolds the profound stories of Arabs who have journeyed from the Middle East to the Western world. Our guests share their transformative experiences, marked by war-torn childhoods, cultural upheavals, and a relentless quest for identity amid adversity. This podcast is a heartfelt exploration of love, loss, resilience, and the human spirit's remarkable capacity to rise, rebuild, and radiate hope. Navigating the complex tapestry of different cultures, languages, and societal expectations, our guests, hailing from diverse backgrounds and professions, offer an intimate glimpse into the lives of Arabs in the West. They confront stereotypes, embrace their heritage, and celebrate their contributions, weaving tales of leaving their homelands, finding new communities, and impacting the world. "Imshi Imshi" is a Hakawati Production Hosted by Fadi Hindi Executive Producers: Fadi Hindi and Karim Beidoun Cover Art by Tiffany Moujaes

“Imshi Imshi" unfolds the profound stories of Arabs who have journeyed from the Middle East to the Western world. Our guests share their transformative experiences, marked by war-torn childhoods, cultural upheavals, and a relentless quest for identity amid adversity. This podcast is a heartfelt exploration of love, loss, resilience, and the human spirit's remarkable capacity to rise, rebuild, and radiate hope. Navigating the complex tapestry of different cultures, languages, and societal expectations, our guests, hailing from diverse backgrounds and professions, offer an intimate glimpse into the lives of Arabs in the West. They confront stereotypes, embrace their heritage, and celebrate their contributions, weaving tales of leaving their homelands, finding new communities, and impacting the world. "Imshi Imshi" is a Hakawati Production Hosted by Fadi Hindi Executive Producers: Fadi Hindi and Karim Beidoun Cover Art by Tiffany Moujaes

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5 Episodes

Jun 10, 2024

Finding courage in political libration with Maytha Alhassen 

Today’s tale will unravel the compelling journey of Maytha Alhassen, a Syrian-Lebanese-Saudi-Egyptian-Bedouin-Arab American historian, journalist, artist and organizer whose life bridges the chasms between cultures, communities, and self-discovery.

Growing up at the crossroads of her rich Arab heritage and the stark realities of white supremacy in Southern California, Maytha faced an identity crisis that propelled her onto a path of political awakening and collective liberation. Amidst the backdrop of post-9/11 America, she navigated through layers of societal challenges to emerge as a beacon of hope and healing.

Join us as Maytha shares her transformative story from the depths of doubt to redefining liberation, embracing her roots, and harnessing the power of surrender and faith to forge a future beyond imagination. Let’s dive into a tale of resilience, identity, and the journey towards embodying one's true calling.

You can learn more about Maytha here: https://maythaalhassen.com/about

Jun 3, 2024

Beyond the Veil with Melanie Elturk 

Today, we delve into the world of Melanie Elturk, a beacon of innovation and strength in the face of adversity. From a biracial upbringing caught between the worlds of Islam and Christianity, to the highs of fashion entrepreneurship and the lows of personal and professional trials, Melanie's journey is a testament to the power of self-discovery and faith.

As the founder of Haute Hijab, she revolutionized the way Muslim women express themselves, merging fashion with faith at a time when the concept seemed distant. Yet, amidst soaring success, Melanie faced her deepest challenges: the loss of her brother, a marriage pushed to its limits, and a business threatened by unforeseen global upheaval.

Join us as we explore Melanie's path from shattering to rebuilding—a journey of ego death, rebirth, and the relentless pursuit of bringing the Hijab into mainstream acceptance.

Check out Haute Hijab here: https://www.hautehijab.com/

May 26, 2024

From Censorship to Cultural Icon with Maya Abdullah 

Today, we're sharing the compelling story of Maya Abdallah, a talent who rose to fame on social media, only to face the harsh realities of political activism colliding with her dreams.

Born in Atlanta with Lebanese and Palestinian roots, Maya moved to LA to chase the glittering promise of an acting career. But when standing up for her homeland during a crisis, it led to her losing representation overnight, putting Maya at a crossroad. From the depths of isolation and cancellation, she rediscovered herself, turning to her Arab community for support.

Join us as Maya takes us on her journey of rebuilding, from landing a groundbreaking role with a Muslim Production Agency to launching her own clothing brand and standing tall at protests. This is a story of faith, identity, and unyielding courage.

Check out Ayooni by Maya here: https://ayoonibymaya.com/

May 20, 2024

Unlocking the taboo of the Arab dating world with Leila Muhaizen 

In today’s episode we'll be speaking with Leila Muhaizen, a Lebanese native who pursued the American dream in LA after graduating from the American University of Beirut.

She initially followed a corporate path based on the advice of her parents but faced a turning point during the pandemic and almost took the walk of shame back home to Lebanon.

Against all odds, she transformed her life, channeling the spirit of the Arab community into entrepreneurial success. Today, she stands as the founder of 'Baklava,' an Arab dating app designed to connect the Arab diaspora and celebrate Arab heritage.

Check out Baklava here: https://baklavaapp.com/

May 17, 2024

This is 'Imshi Imshi' 

This is 'Imshi Imshi,' the podcast that brings you closer to the Arab diaspora's most compelling stories. Join us on a journey through the lives of individuals who bridge worlds, defy expectations, and inspire change.

From the heart of the Middle East to the streets of the Western World, we dive deep into personal triumphs, cultural battles, and the vibrant spirit that defines the Arab experience.

Hear from entrepreneurs, artists, activists, and thinkers who are making a difference and reshaping what it means to be Arab in today's modern world.

'Imshi Imshi' was born out of the need to share these raw and real stories of the Arab Diaspora. Stories that dive deep into the heart of what it means to struggle, to suffer, and yet, to rise. Because, while the media often portrays Arabs as figures of conflict, at Imshi Imshi, we seek to illuminate the profound ways our community embodies resilience and hope.

We've learned that life's greatest lessons often come from its hardest moments. Through the narratives shared here, we've seen time and again that it's not merely about enduring but about becoming. About turning our rock bottom moments into stepping stones for growth and success.

Every episode is an adventure. Every story is a revelation. Every person you meet is part of a larger story. Tune in and transform the way you see the Arab world.

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