Being Muslim at University
From Kasia Stoinska
Welcome to the ‘Being at University’ podcast. I’m Harriet Harris, Chaplain to the University of Edinburgh, and in this first series we explore what it is like being people of particular faith or belief at University.
If we follow faith or belief traditions, these are profound shapes of our values, our choices and lifestyles, how we conduct our relationships: in short, they provide the inner compass by which we navigate our lives.
What I love about this series is hearing students talk about how their faith or beliefs bring them joy, deep friendships, a feeling of support during hard times, and a sense of perspective. They also talk about challenges, with mental health, with discrimination and micro-aggressions, with visibility and also invisibility. And we hear lots throughout this series about choosing a university, arriving at university, making friends, joining societies – the stuff of student life.
Today, talking with me about ‘Being Muslim at University’, is Estifa Zaid, a PhD student in Physics who also took her MA and MSc in Edinburgh, and Omar Shabana, who has just completed his UG degree in Biological Sciences and is currently conducting research into cancer at the University of Oxford. As well as the variety of topics already mentioned, Estifa and Omar bring to the conversation differences in background and skin colour, and the sense of both awe and grounding that their Muslim faith gives them.
Music: ‘Avulekile’ by Soweto Melodic Voices, from their CD Harambee, 2014.
Soweto Melodic Voices is a youth choir from Soweto, supported by the University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe, to inspire young people and schools in Edinburgh, and to record music in Soweto. For details of the Edinburgh-Soweto link see here.