New reality show to document American Muslims





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Published on Nov 12, 2011

Reality TV welcomes a brand new program in the United States which follows the lives of American Muslims and makes its debut on Sunday.

Aptly titled "All-American Muslim", the show documents five families living in Dearborn, Michigan, which happens to be one of the largest Arab-American communities in the country.

The network in charge of the show, TLC channel, which produced shows like "John and Kate plus 8", says the aim of the show is to give a realistic perspective of Muslim culture.

Members of the cast include a woman and her Irish Catholic fiancée who plans to convert to Islam, an event planner, and a high school football coach.

Nader and Nawal Aoude are expectant newlyweds. Despite their enthusiasm, Nawal shares concerns they have about taking part in the show.

"Being American-Muslims there is a watchful eye on the Muslim community and just that word in general, that word Muslim. So we were kind of nervous about the exposure."

She hopes the show addresses common questions and misconceptions about her religion.

"We're not here to represent Islam, were not here to represent anybody but ourselves,
"I get questions for example, 'What does every color scarf mean? 'Like you know, when I wear different colors. Not every color means anything, I just like to coordinate. So there are a lot of questions and within "All-American Muslim" you'll see a lot of these questions answered."

She also hopes Americans will gain a better understanding of her particular identity.

"I really hope that people, when they walk out their doors and they see a woman in a hijab, they just look at her and just smile. And just be like 'Wow, she's like my mom, she's like my sister, and she's just like every other woman that I love," she said.


Nawal Aoude - Dearborn resident and star on TV show

By Noora Faraj
Al Arabiya with Agencies


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