Special: Charlottesville, Race, and Nazi America

Special: Charlottesville, Race, and Nazi America

In this Head On History Special we move away from our season outline and discuss the current events of Charlottesville, Virgina. We use history to help explain how we got to this moment with ...

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Taylor Swift, Inhumans, & Charlottesville

Taylor Swift, Inhumans, & Charlottesville

In this episode we cover the Taylor Swift trial, her responses, and the reaction from the internet, before going on to nerd news and discussing Marvel’s endeavors into TV world. We talk ...

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Wahhabism, Modernism, & Political Islam

Wahhabism, Modernism, & Political Islam

In our final episode of the season we talk about how Islam is shaped by the decline of the gunpowder empires and the coming of European colonialism. We talk about the rise of Wahhabism and its ...

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Fidget Spinner, Nuclear War, and Game of Thrones

Fidget Spinner, Nuclear War, and Game of Thrones

We start this episode with a quick review of the weekend’s events. From our former co-host, Mustafa’s wedding to the Summer Leadership Initiative with ADEP. Vy gives us an interesting ...

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The Mughals and Indo-Persian Islam

The Mughals and Indo-Persian Islam

In our penultimate episode we discuss the Indo-Persian world and the establishment of the Mughal Dynasty. We talk about the particular expression of Islam that flourishes in South Asia and how it ...

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Lizard People, Scaramucci, & Politicon

Lizard People, Scaramucci, & Politicon

Time to dig deep in our political podcast. We start with a discussion of a conspiracy theories in light of Bo Dalls on Talk is Jericho. We talk about hollow earth, lizard people, the Illuminati, ...

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Popular Sufism, Ottomans, and Safavids

Popular Sufism, Ottomans, and Safavids

In this episode we explore how Muslims experience the fall of the Caliphate and how in turn Islam is shaped by the historical circumstances. Building upon the scholarly Islam developed by the ...

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Comic Con, Game of Thrones, HBO’s Confederate

Comic Con, Game of Thrones, HBO’s Confederate

We start the podcast with a quick recap of the recent political developments from the tension between Donald Trump and Jeff Session to the resignation of Sean Spicer. We discuss Vy’s ...

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Crusades, Jihad, & End of the Caliphate

Crusades, Jihad, & End of the Caliphate

This episode focuses on the way Islam was shaped by the experience of the crusades. We talk about the historical development of the concept of “jihad” and how it was defined over ...

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Game of Thrones, D23, & Movies: Fact vs Fiction

Game of Thrones, D23, & Movies: Fact vs Fiction

In this week’s podcast we begin with some nerd news from D23. We talk about the upcoming movies like Wrinkle in Time, Marry Poppins, Aladdin, Lion King and all the latest developments from ...

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Shariah, Orthodoxy, & Cultural Islam

Shariah, Orthodoxy, & Cultural Islam

Like all religions, Islam took several hundred years to develop its orthodoxy. This episode is dedicated to the history behind how sharia and orthodoxy developed in Islam. We discuss the ...

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Cheating, Hollywood vs Bollywood, SpiderMan, & Casting

Cheating, Hollywood vs Bollywood, SpiderMan, & Casting

In a heavy movie oriented episode we start with a discussion on romantic comedies and the difference between Hollywood and Bollywood when it comes to depictions of love. We talk about how they ...

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Abbasid Caliphate & Persian Islam

Abbasid Caliphate & Persian Islam

In this episode we talk about the end of the Umayyads with the Abbasid revolt, focusing not only on the major battles, but why the Abbasids were successful in overthrowing the Umayyad Caliphate. ...

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Remakes, Fandoms, and Furries

Remakes, Fandoms, and Furries

The episode starts with a crazy story from Diz about his strange late night encounters. Our nerd news of the week discusses Ron Howard joining the Han Solo movie and the Jumanji remake. This ...

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Sunnism, Shi’ism & the Umayyads

Sunnism, Shi’ism & the Umayyads

This episode covers the schism betweeen Sunnism and Shi’ism, detailing how historical circumstances and experiences are overlaid with theological significance. Focusing on the experience of ...

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Social Media, Vidcon, Sargon of Akkad, and Anita Sarkeesian

Social Media, Vidcon, Sargon of Akkad, and Anita Sarkeesian

In the weird world of social media, what hope does society have? That’s the question we grapple with today. We talk about vidcon and the controversies of internet celebrities from Logan ...

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Civil War and Beginnings of Sunni & Shia

Civil War and Beginnings of Sunni & Shia

Picking up from the death Umar, this podcast explores the evolution of the divisive caliphate of Uthman and the rise of a more dynastic imperial structure. We discuss beginnings of sectarianism ...

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Otherkin, Han Solo, Philando Castille & Nabra

Otherkin, Han Solo, Philando Castille & Nabra

We start our podcast off with a new segment called Tumblr Ethnographies. Vy decided to go down the rabbit hole that is tumblr and explore the world of “otherkin.” We discuss the ...

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The First Muslims & First Caliphs

The First Muslims & First Caliphs

With the death of Muhammad the nascent religious community faces its first major upheaval. In this podcast we explore how the community of believers fractured and how the question of leadership ...

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Adam West, Superhero Role Models, & Black Panther

Adam West, Superhero Role Models, & Black Panther

In honor of one of our favorite Batmen, we talk about the passing of Adam West and the impact he had on the series. We discuss the evolution of the Batman series and his influence in the nerd ...

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