Harun is creating Podcasts on Islamic Studies, Music, Education, and more!
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My name is Aaron Spevack, a lot of my friends call me by the Arabic version of my name, Harun. I am making podcasts on a unique and wide variety of interesting topics. You can hear them on my website as well--aaronspevack.com--but this is a totally optional support page, where patrons can help sustain and improve these podcasts. 

I wear many hats: speaker, writer, advisor, teacher, and songwriter. I make podcasts at the intersection of art and religion, music and education, and whatever else is deep, interesting, and enriching. These podcasts about rich and fascinating topics draw from my knowledge of and experience with a diverse set of arts and sciences, from Islamic theology to Jazz harmony, from educational pedagogy to Moroccan Sufi music, from Islamic law to the fascinating people I've met in ostensibly mundane places.

Why might my podcasts be worth your time? Let me tell you a little more about myself and what I'm doing here. I have a PhD in Arabic and Islamic Intellectual History from Boston University, a Bachelors degree from Harvard University's Extension Division, two years of coursework as a student of Jazz and World Music at New England Conservatory of Music, and many years of private studies in the traditional Islamic sciences with scholars from all over the world. Despite having taught for almost a decade at some of the top colleges and universities in the country, including Harvard, BU, Colgate, Loyola New Orleans, and Hamilton College, and having written a number of books and articles, I consider myself a seeker of knowledge first, and teacher and author second.

I also spent much of my late teens and 20s performing and teaching guitar, from Jazz to Hip-hop, folk to rock. I have performed in venues all around Boston and New England, and even opened for some big name bands such as the Roots, Pharcyde, Fred Wesley, and Yellowman.

In addition to giving many talks around Boston, New Orleans, and upstate New York, primarily about Islamic belief, practice, or music, I have occasionally consulted for law firms representing Muslim clients, hollywood producers trying accurately represent Muslim characters, or local media.

For me, this all boils down to the fact that I have diverse interests, knowledge, and experiences which make for a rich and difficult to pigeonhole perspective on many important issues relevant to the human experience. This podcast is an opportunity for me to share that with you, and I think you'll find it interesting, enriching, and perhaps from time to time even transformative. 
 



Tiers
Tuning in
$1.99 or more per month
  • What you support:
    • For the price of a cup of coffee, you are helping produce meaningful podcasts and essays with life-enriching and social justice messaging. Saving the world? Making it worth saving? Shining some light in the darkness? Something good...
  • What you get:
    • Access to fascinating patron-only or patron-first content (such as awesome podcasts)
    • Plus bonus articles, essays, or audio downloads (music, lectures, etc.)
Getting deeper
$10 or more per month
  • What you support:
    • For the price of a falafel sandwich and a drink, you too are helping produce meaningful podcasts and essays with life-enriching and social justice messaging. 
    • and also helping to improve the quality of the content (recording quality, research depth, etc.) You're shining a brighter light in the darkness.
  • What you get:
    • More patron-only or patron-first articles, essays, and audio downloads
    • Occasional sneak peaks and behind the scene access to upcoming projects
    • Plus all previous rewards
Not just dabbling
$25 or more per month
  • What you support:
    • It's not just a quick lunch, you're going gourmet and not only supporting high-quality content, but also helping to facilitate conversations around important ethical, artistic, and social justice issues. You're bringing good people together.
  • What you get: 
    • Monthly Skype community hangout for discussion, Q&A, tutorials.
    • Early-bird downloads of all releases
    • Your name (or cause) in the credits
    • Patron discount on paper/physical copies of books/CDs
    • Plus all previous rewards
      • (see above)
Knee deep in the thick of things
$100 or more per month
  • What your support:
    • You're not just feeding yourself, you're spreading a banquet for the community! In addition to facilitating high-quality content and conversations, you're seeking greater mastery and deep understanding of important topics to put into action in your own life and work (either that or you're just incredibly generous!)
  • What you get:
    • Monthly one-on-one Skype tutorials, Q&A, consultation
    • Plus all previous rewards
Goals
0 of 500 patrons
When I reach 500 patrons, I will be able to focus on creating more frequent and higher quality content, and be more responsive to your input and questions, while improving the visual and audio quality of everything I produce.

The more time I can devote to research, writing, interviewing, and all the variables that go into producing excellent audio and written content, the more impactful it all becomes. 
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My name is Aaron Spevack, a lot of my friends call me by the Arabic version of my name, Harun. I am making podcasts on a unique and wide variety of interesting topics. You can hear them on my website as well--aaronspevack.com--but this is a totally optional support page, where patrons can help sustain and improve these podcasts. 

I wear many hats: speaker, writer, advisor, teacher, and songwriter. I make podcasts at the intersection of art and religion, music and education, and whatever else is deep, interesting, and enriching. These podcasts about rich and fascinating topics draw from my knowledge of and experience with a diverse set of arts and sciences, from Islamic theology to Jazz harmony, from educational pedagogy to Moroccan Sufi music, from Islamic law to the fascinating people I've met in ostensibly mundane places.

Why might my podcasts be worth your time? Let me tell you a little more about myself and what I'm doing here. I have a PhD in Arabic and Islamic Intellectual History from Boston University, a Bachelors degree from Harvard University's Extension Division, two years of coursework as a student of Jazz and World Music at New England Conservatory of Music, and many years of private studies in the traditional Islamic sciences with scholars from all over the world. Despite having taught for almost a decade at some of the top colleges and universities in the country, including Harvard, BU, Colgate, Loyola New Orleans, and Hamilton College, and having written a number of books and articles, I consider myself a seeker of knowledge first, and teacher and author second.

I also spent much of my late teens and 20s performing and teaching guitar, from Jazz to Hip-hop, folk to rock. I have performed in venues all around Boston and New England, and even opened for some big name bands such as the Roots, Pharcyde, Fred Wesley, and Yellowman.

In addition to giving many talks around Boston, New Orleans, and upstate New York, primarily about Islamic belief, practice, or music, I have occasionally consulted for law firms representing Muslim clients, hollywood producers trying accurately represent Muslim characters, or local media.

For me, this all boils down to the fact that I have diverse interests, knowledge, and experiences which make for a rich and difficult to pigeonhole perspective on many important issues relevant to the human experience. This podcast is an opportunity for me to share that with you, and I think you'll find it interesting, enriching, and perhaps from time to time even transformative. 
 



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Tiers
Tuning in
$1.99 or more per month
  • What you support:
    • For the price of a cup of coffee, you are helping produce meaningful podcasts and essays with life-enriching and social justice messaging. Saving the world? Making it worth saving? Shining some light in the darkness? Something good...
  • What you get:
    • Access to fascinating patron-only or patron-first content (such as awesome podcasts)
    • Plus bonus articles, essays, or audio downloads (music, lectures, etc.)
Getting deeper
$10 or more per month
  • What you support:
    • For the price of a falafel sandwich and a drink, you too are helping produce meaningful podcasts and essays with life-enriching and social justice messaging. 
    • and also helping to improve the quality of the content (recording quality, research depth, etc.) You're shining a brighter light in the darkness.
  • What you get:
    • More patron-only or patron-first articles, essays, and audio downloads
    • Occasional sneak peaks and behind the scene access to upcoming projects
    • Plus all previous rewards
Not just dabbling
$25 or more per month
  • What you support:
    • It's not just a quick lunch, you're going gourmet and not only supporting high-quality content, but also helping to facilitate conversations around important ethical, artistic, and social justice issues. You're bringing good people together.
  • What you get: 
    • Monthly Skype community hangout for discussion, Q&A, tutorials.
    • Early-bird downloads of all releases
    • Your name (or cause) in the credits
    • Patron discount on paper/physical copies of books/CDs
    • Plus all previous rewards
      • (see above)
Knee deep in the thick of things
$100 or more per month
  • What your support:
    • You're not just feeding yourself, you're spreading a banquet for the community! In addition to facilitating high-quality content and conversations, you're seeking greater mastery and deep understanding of important topics to put into action in your own life and work (either that or you're just incredibly generous!)
  • What you get:
    • Monthly one-on-one Skype tutorials, Q&A, consultation
    • Plus all previous rewards