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Counter Culture with Belal Khan
11 minutes | Jan 19, 2017
Who Is The Falcon of Spain?
When it comes to The Falcon of Spain, we many time are referred to an epic quote by Abu Jafar Al-Mansur. He asked his advisers, “Who is the falcon of Quraysh?” They replied, “You, O commander of the Faith!” “You didn’t answer my question.” Al-Mansur replied back to them. After some back and forth, he tells them, “The falcon of Quraysh is Abd AlRahman, who escaped by his cunning the spearheads of the lances and the blades of the swords, who after wandering solitary through the deserts of Asia and Africa, had the boldness to seek his fortune without an army, in lands unknown to him beyond the sea. Having naught to rely upon save his own wits and perseverance, he nonetheless humiliated his proud foes, exterminated rebels, organized cities, mobilized armies, secured his frontiers against the Christians, founded a great empire and reunited under his scepter a realm that seemed already parceled out among others. No man before him ever did such deeds. Mu’awiya rose to his stature through the support of Umar and Uthman, whose backing allowed him to overcome difficulties; Abd al-Malik, because of previous appointment; and the Commander of the Faithful [i.e. al-Mansur himself] through the struggle of his kin and the solidarity of his partisans. But, Abd AlRahman did it alone, with the support of none other than his own judgment, depending on no one but his own resolve.” Without a doubt this quote is epic. But, where did it come from? In this episode, I share that discovery with you.
33 minutes | May 19, 2016
The Real Game Of Thrones
Nothing makes for a great story except when the motivations for characters are meaningfully driven. History is chalk full of such characters and stories. Instances of people seeking power, revenge, personal gain, self interest, self preservation, betrayal, honor, deception, and more. In this episode of the counter culture podcast, I introduce you to the Fihri clan. A tribe of people from a noble lineage from during the time of “The Falcon of Spain,” but nobility doesn’t guarantee righteousness.
21 minutes | May 16, 2016
Superheroes, Self-Image, and Historical Mythology
In this episode we discuss historical fallacies, superhero mythologies., and contributions to societies by ethnic people and how that plays a role in an individuals identity and self-image.
27 minutes | May 10, 2016
Is Viral Marketing A Myth?
In this episode I cover the concept of viral marketing, and what really makes something share worthy. Saying that you want to be a “trend setter” is the same as saying that you want to make something go “viral.” There’s no real magic formula for virality. But, there are certain attributes you can ensure that your content has to make it share worthy. This episode covers eight elements that can make your content worthy of passing on to other people.
11 minutes | May 3, 2016
Emotional Genres: Storytelling Basics Part 2
This episode is a follow up to the previous one which is all about storytelling. Once you can communicate what your story is all about you need to know how wrap it within a particular genre.
14 minutes | Apr 25, 2016
Setting Up Your Story: Storytelling Basics Part 1
This episode is all about getting to the point where you can communicate to someone what your story is all about. Learn to gauge from your audience whether or not they’d be intrigued. You’d either get a “hell yea!” or a “hell no!” in regards to whether they believe it’s a awesome story.
22 minutes | Apr 17, 2016
Falcon Rising: The Beginning of Islam in Spain
When folks talk about Islam in Spain, they either talk about the golden era which was well after the 11th century. Or, they talk about the fall which was the 15th century. But, what about the origin of how it began? How did Rodrigo, the Visitgothic ruler lose to the invasion of Tariq ibn Ziyad? What was happening in the “Muslim World” in the east and Spain that let to the split of the Umayyad Dynasty? What can we learn about personal identity, culture, and society today from the events that took place in the 8th century?
45 minutes | Apr 11, 2016
Community Event Marketing 101
This is a shout out to all you AlMaghrib Institute volunteers who’ve been on my case to do something in the area of Marketing 101 for events and seminars. This is for you. In this episode I take the classic text-book “4 Ps” (which are indeed relevant) and make it into something less codified and more organic to understand and apply for community event marketing. Marketing planning comes with the following questions: What is it? Who’s it for? What’s the problem you’re addressing? What’s your solution What’s notable about it? How’s the difference in your approach add value? Is there anything potentially controversial that may lend to further attention? What’s the tangible benefit of what you’re offering? Is that benefit worth the cost? What’s it comparable to? What’s the promise and guarantee? What will you do in terms of communication to get attention? What’s your message? What’ll lend to the credibility of that message? How do you close your prospects? How, when and where will you fulfill the promise you’re making?
41 minutes | Apr 4, 2016
5 Hormones to Help You Burn Fat and Keep It Off
Cortisol, Insulin, Testosterone, Estrogen, and Ghrelin are the five hormones that you need to optimize in your body to accelerate fat loss and healthy living. In this episode of the Counter Culture Podcast, Belal Khan goes into detail on how to do that.
26 minutes | Mar 27, 2016
11 Tips To Get in the Best Shape of Your Life
Episode two of podcast series. In this episode I share the 11 tips on how to get into the best shape of your life and stay in shape. Brought to you by http://countercultureway.com
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