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Progressive Islam: with Grammy Winner Ani Zonneveld

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Ani Zonneveld was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and was raised in Germany, Eqypt and India, as the daughter of the Malaysian ambassador and his wife.  In 1981 she moved to the United States, where she studied Economics and Political Science.  After college, Ani moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue her career as a musician instead of following in her father’s footsteps as expected.  As a singer, songwriter, activist and writer based in LA she pursued her own dreams and she released full albums of her own, including "Ummah Wake-Up", "One", "Islamic Hymns: Celebration of Life", produced for other artists, and participated in the writing of Grammy -winning songs. She is the first Malaysian to have won a Grammy.

She is the president and co-founder of Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV), a non-profit organization in the United States, Canada, and Europe, which actively sustains an inclusive community that welcomes and supports interfaith marriages, gay marriage, gender & sexual minorities, as well as sectarian minorities.

Zonneveld is also the editor of "Progressive Muslim Identities: Personal Stories from the U.S. and Canada" a 2011 anthology that features a diverse groups of Progressive Muslims, which included a foreword by comedian, Aasif Mandvi, published in the US by Oracle Releasing.

Come listen to this dynamic woman who finds her God in an Islam that welcomes all.