Sampled: Beats of Muslim Life

Fri, Feb 9 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Earle Recital Hall

Women In Islam conference

Sampled: Beats of Muslim Life is a one-woman solo performance by Su'ad Abdul Khabeer that challenges dominant narratives on race and gender, religion, popular culture and citizenship in the contemporary United States.

The event is part of the Women in Islam Conference.

The central focus of Sampled is a concept I call “Muslim Cool.” Muslim Cool is a way of being Muslim forged at the intersection of Islam and hip hop. Sampled is based on over seven years of ethnographic research among US Muslims. The performance consists of a series of vignettes which are similar to scenes in a play, although without a linear narrative structure. These vignettes use movement, theater and poetry to share complex stories of Muslim life in the US.

The title, Sampled, is a reference to the way hip hop artists and academic scholars "sample" older music and ideas to create new music and ideas. Likewise, the narratives performed are themselves samples—excerpts and examples—of multiple stories I encountered in the field. The characters I play do not embody specific people but represent the many young US Muslims I met and learned from while conducting field research. Designed for audiences within and beyond that university, Sampled encourages audiences to think and feel critically and subsequently, do differently.

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