Updates for Week 6, Fall Quarter
What is residential life like for Muslim students on campus? As Stanford transitions to ResEx, the Markaz is conducting focus groups with Muslim-identifying undergraduate students at Stanford to better understand Muslim student experiences in residential spaces, ensure needs are being met, and identify areas for improvement in the overall Muslim residential experience at Stanford. Focus groups will take place at the Markaz and participants will receive a $15 gift card!
The Markaz Frosh Intern Program seeks to empower a vibrant community of students who identify with Muslim experiences both here and around the world. This program is an opportunity for first-year students to actively engage in community building, advocacy and allyship at the Markaz in the Winter and Spring quarters.
Apply by 11/2 at 11:59 PM

AFTERNOON CHAI | Tuesday, October 26, 4-5 PM
Join us this Tuesday, October 26th from 4-5 PM in Old Union Courtyard for Afternoon Chai! We will be serving traditional chai bil laban (or tea with milk!). There will also be an opportunity to participate in MSU’s art installation! See you there.
Come create for the MSU Community Art Showcase! During Afternoon Chai, art supplies including paper, canvases, markers, and paints will be available for you to craft a piece for MSU's art project about being Muslim at Stanford. This will be a relaxing, collaborative environment, so invite your friends to come hang out! The art will be displayed Friday, November 5th at the showcase (details TBD), where you will get to talk to people about your art and show off your creations! Poems, speeches, songs, music, and dance routines are welcomed as well.
Thursday, October 28, 5 - 6 PM |  Zoom
Join us for a virtual Chai Chat with Dr. Abubakar Abid on Thursday, October 18th from 5 - 6 PM! Dr. Abid, an expert in machine learning and the coauthor of a recent study called Large language models associate Muslims with violence (2021), will be discussing anti-Muslim bias, Islamic values, and ethics in artificial intelligence.

DRAWING PARALLELS: College Students, Silicon Valley, and the Islamic Golden Age
Wednesday, November 3, 4 - 5:30 | Encina Commons 123

What is the Islamic Golden Age? Why should it matter today? The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and the Markaz invite you to a talk and discussion with Dr. Asad Ahmed, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at UC Berkeley. Come hear about Islamic intellectual history and the “Golden Age”, and why, as college students and aspiring entrepreneurs, this rich tradition remains relevant for our personal and professional lives today.

[TALK] 10/26: Unknown Past: Layla Murad, the Jewish-Muslim Star of Egypt RSVP
[TALK] 10/27: Jews of Color with Gage Gorsky and Ilana Kaufman RSVP
[TALK] 10/28: The Multiplicity Turn: Theories of Identity from Poetry to Mathematics RSVP
[TALK] 10/29: Social Distancing during COVID-19 in Central AsiaRSVP

[FILM] 10/29: There is No Evil with Mohammad Rasoulof INFO
[TALK] 10/29: Tunisia: Political Conflict after July 25 RSVP
[TALK] 11/4: Success and Challenges in Benin and South Africa RSVP
Introducing Aneeqa!

HOMETOWN: Little Rock, AR (also raised up in Fayetteville, AR, Atlanta GA and Saudi

MAJOR: Human Biology

PASSIONS AND ASPIRATIONS: Love community building and partaking in service projects for the Muslim community, such as Stanford Muslim Mental Health Initiative with the Markaz (along with Mahnoor)

WHAT BRINGS YOU JOY?: Love Arabic calligraphy :) Also just love talking to people.

FUN FACT: At one point in my life I was raising three generations of outdoor cats.

SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: I love learning Arabic and one day, I would love to go to Morocco and spend a summer studying Arabic.

The Center for South Asia and the Markaz Resource Center jointly invite applications for a two-quarter undergraduate fellowship. The purpose of the fellowship is to foster student-led campus conversations on themes related to societies, cultures, religions, and issues in South Asia.  Learn more and apply at Applications are due November 1!
Attend film screenings hosted by the United Nations Association Film Festival. The UNAFF is hosting a number of international film screenings in Palo Alto this week! Check out the brochure here for more information about viewings and locations. All screenings are free for students upon provision of student ID.

Sign up to join a new South Asian TAPS play: Pali/Altaf. Inspired by the story “Pali” by Bhisham Sahni: four-year-old Pali is separated from his Hindu family during the chaos of India’s 1947 Partition. Left behind in newly-formed Pakistan, he is adopted by a kind Muslim couple, with whom he lives for seven years — until one day, his biological father arrives to bring him back to India. Caught between two nations, two religions, two families, and two names, Pali/Altaf embodies the violence of colonialism and its aftermath. Audition to join the Winter Stage play now on 11/15 and 11/16 - find out more here.
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