American Muslims subject of new reality TV show
Series will examine 'very distinct lives that often times challenge the Muslim stereotype'
TLC is premiering a reality series about the lives of American Muslims
this fall entitled "All American Muslim." The series tracks five Muslim
families living around Dearborn, Michigan, home to one of the nation's
largest Muslim communities.
The reality TV series 'All American Muslim' intends to invite 'viewers into a world they might not otherwise experience,' TLC's general manager Amy Winter said in a release.
"Through these families and their diverse experiences, we will explore how they blend their values and traditions with everyday life in America," Winter said, "providing insight into their culture with care and compassion."
The series premieres in November, and will track "very distinct lives that often times challenge the Muslim stereotype."
Characters on the series include a pair of tight-knit sisters, one of whom wears a traditional Islamic headscarf and one who sports piercings and tattoos and has recently married an Irish Catholic man who is converting to Islam.
Other characters include the "recently married, Nadar and Nawal, who are, having their first baby and trying to find the balance between their traditional Muslim roots and American culture.
"Mike, Deputy Chief for the Wayne County Sheriff's Department, works tirelessly to educate the department about the Muslim religion in an effort to reduce discrimination and ignorance while his wife, an executive who works as a consultant to a major auto manufacturer, struggles to find the balance between work and raising a modern Muslim family."
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released earlier this year found that 46 percent of all Americans have a favorable view of American Muslims, while 26 percent have an unfavorable view.
"Overall, positive views of American Muslims have risen since 2002, when memories of 9/11 were still fresh in most Americans' minds," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
In 2002, only 39 percent of all Americans said they had a favorable view of Muslims.
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