If I could, I’d ask the producers/writers/others at CW this: is it so difficult to imagine Muslim youth in a school setting within the U.S.? Why the tired old exchange student device? Why just one muslim student? At a very basic level, this is what sets the CBC show Little Mosque on the Prairie apart. Here we are, griping about Raja Musharraf when we could be talking about –
Amaar – a Toronto-based lawyer who moves west to a small town (Mercy) to play the imam for a community of Muslims.
Yasir – a contractor, who is also responsible for luring Amaar to Mercy.
Sarah – who works at the Mayor’s office and is married to Yasir.
Rayyan – Yasir and Sarah’s daughter, smart and snarky.
And others including Baber (the former imam), Fatima (who runs a diner), McGee (local Reverend), Mayor Popowicz, and Neil Crone (right-wing radio host).
Zarqa Nawaz, the creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie, gets it: The problem with stereotypes is not that they are false, but that they are static (Amitava Kumar). The second season begins tomorrow (Oct 3), at 8:00 p.m.