Hummus For Thought, the Podcast

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“Hummus For Thought, the Podcast” is a project by Syrian writer Sarah Hunaidi and Lebanese writer Joey Ayoub.

We are exploring topics related to our countries as well as reflect on such themes as memory, gender, identity and exile.

We will also be inviting amazing guests to talk about everything from what it means to be a Syrian feminist to how we can build alliances with people who oppose oppression everywhere.

Sound by Ibrahim Youssef, who describes himself as “the hero you need, but not the hero you deserve.” Design by Azza el Masri and music by Tarabeat. Check them out!

You can also find us on Twitter @HummusPodcast.

The podcast is on PocketCasts, SoundCloud, PlayerFM and most other podcast apps. If it doesn’t appear on your favorite podcast app, please get in touch and let us know.

For questions, comments and insults – please contact us at HummusForthought [at] Gmail [Dot] Com.

You can also check out our brothers and sisters over at The Irrelevant Arabs podcast.

You can support the project as well as the wider blog on the Patreon page.


Lebanon, Our Painfully Ordinary Country

November 6, 2019.

Joey speaks with Dr Andrew Arsan, author of the book ‘Lebanon: A Country in Fragments’. They spoke about reclaiming space, political time, sectarianism, the politics of naming & all the fun bits in between. They also spoke of the ongoing revolution.


Samira Al Khalil and the #Douma4

December 9th, 2018.

Joey speaks with Sarah Hunaidi, our co-host and the translator of Samira Al-Khalil’s diaries into English.

Samira Al-Khalil is a Syrian dissident who was first arrested by the Assad regime and imprisoned from 1987 to 1991 for belonging to an opposition Communist party. When the revolution broke out in 2011, she helped organise various activities to protest the Syrian regime. On December 9th, 2011, Samira was kidnapped by the rebel group Jaysh Al Islam in Eastern Ghouta along with her friends and fellow activists at the Violations Documentation Center in Syria (VDC): Razan Zeitouneh, Wael Hamada, & Nazem Hammadi, themselves respected actors in their own rights.

Five years later, on December 9th, 2018, Eastern Ghouta has been ‘evacuated’ (a euphemism for ethnic cleansing) and the four activists’ fate – since known as the Douma Four – remains uncertain.

The Diaries will be coming out in English in 2019.


Lebanon’s Kafala System

August 15th, 2018.

Joey explores the ‘Kafala’ sponsorship system which governs the lives of hundreds of thousands of migrant workers in Lebanon.

To that end, Joey Ayoub went to the Migrant Community Center in Beirut and spoke with Sami, an Ethiopian activist and one of the leaders of Mesewat, a non-governmental, non-religious, non-racial and non-profit solidarity network that supports migrant workers in Lebanon and the Middle East. He also spoke with Alli, a member of the Anti-Racism Movement, a community organiser and a researcher working on anti-discrimination and gender equity initiatives.

Click here for the associated blogpost.


The Personal as Political

July 11th, 2018.

In this first episode, Sarah Hunaidi and Joey Ayoub look at ‘the personal as political’ and reflect on the Syrian revolution, being a migrant or refugee and the right to narrate. Click here for the associated blogpost.