October 19, 2011 4:14pm PT by Jethro Nededog
TLC's 'All-American Muslim' Premieres in November (Video)
TLC announced on Wednesday that its new eight-episode reality series, All-American Muslim, will premiere on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 10 p.m.
It follows five Muslim families who live in Dearborn, Mich. and how they balance their faith’s customs and celebrations alongside the misconceptions, challenges, and differences they encounter living in the U.S.
“All-American Muslim is a perfect fit for TLC, inviting viewers into a world they might not otherwise experience,” says TLC GM Amy Winter. “Through these families and their diverse experiences, we will explore how they blend their values and traditions with everyday life in America.”
Dearborn apparently has one of the largest American Muslim communities in the nation and the largest mosque in the United States.
Watch the preview above. Below, here’s a sampling of the people who are featured in the series from TLC.
Suehaila and Shadia: Suehaila wears a traditional headscarf and follows daily prayer rituals—while Shadia, her outspoken sister, is decorated with piercings and tattoos and recently married Jeff, an Irish Catholic who is converting to Islam.
Nader and Nawal: Newlyweds expecting their first baby, Nader and Nawal are working to strike the right balance between their traditional Muslim roots and American culture.
Fouad: As head coach of the Fordson High School football team, Fouad has pioneered a shift in his team’s summer practice schedule by flipping to night workouts from 11pm-5am since a majority of his team are Muslim and fasting for Ramadan.
Mike and Angela: Mike, a deputy chief sheriff, and his wife Angela, a consultant to a major auto manufacturer, are juggling their busy careers with raising their four children in a modern Muslim family.
Nina: A strong independent Muslim businesswoman, Nina’s family runs the premier wedding and banquet hall in Dearborn—but against their advice, she is trying to venture off on her own to open a nightclub.
Samira and Ali: Samira and her husband of seven years Ali struggle with fertility issues and are pursuing numerous options including conventional fertility techniques, dietary alternatives and Muslim supplication prayers. After years of unsuccessful attempts, Samira considers putting on the Hijab in order to be closer to God and hopefully blessed with a child.
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