In the Film
|Muslims in Morgantown (1:17)
Ihtishaam Qazi and Hazem Bata introduce the Muslim community in Morgantown, discussing its demographics and the challenges its faces.
|March on the Mosque (1:44)
Asra and a group of visiting Muslim feminist activists stage a protest march on the mosque to highlight the right of women to enter through the front door and pray in the main hall. The accompanying media attention galvanizes opposition to Asra’s activism within the Morgantown Muslim community.
As she prepares food to break the fast during Ramadan, Christine Arja talks about her conversion to Islam and her search for an American identity within the faith. This version of the scene appears in the full-length version of the film available on DVD from PBS Home Video.
|The 99 Precepts (1:39)
With a nod to Martin Luther, Asra posts her “99 Precepts for Opening Hearts, Minds and Doors in the Muslim World” on the mosque’s front door. Hany Ammar arrives soon afterward and tears up the document. This version of the scene appears in the full-length version of the film available on DVD from PBS Home Video.
|Woman-led Prayer (2:02)
Asra travels to New York City in March 2005 to participate in what organizers bill as the first mixed-gender Friday prayer led by a woman. This version of the scene appears in the full-length version of the film available on DVD from PBS Home Video.
|Morgantown Muslim Women (1:36)
A group of female mosque members react to an ABC Nightline story on Asra’s woman-led prayer in New York City and explain why they object to her use of the term “extremism.”
|‘Roll Up A Newspaper And Give Her A Crack’ (7:15)
When the popular Muslim speaker Yusuf Estes visits Morgantown, Asra discovers an online sermon in which he says the Quran allows certain kinds of wife beating. In his lecture on the WVU campus, Estes provides a very different interpretation of the same Quranic verse. This scene appears in the full-length version of the film available on DVD from PBS Home Video.
Please note that all bonus footage is low resolution and has not been color corrected or mixed.
|American Muslim Identity (2:16)
Ihtishaam Qazi, Christine Arja and Hazem Bata discuss the struggle to carve out an American Muslim identity in Morgantown. Discuss American Muslim identity.
|Family History (4:08)
Asra and her parents visit the local Methodist church, where Morgantown’s first Muslim prayer services were held in the 1970s. Asra’s mother talks about the roots of her daughter’s feminism, and Asra confronts her father about why he and other Muslim leaders excluded women from services in those early days.
|Shibli’s Biological Father (2:16)
As the Nomani family celebrates Shibli’s second birthday, Asra reflects on why his biological father abandoned her in the wake of Danny Pearl’s kidnapping in Pakistan. Read Asra’s bio.
|The Mosque in Johnstown (4:03)
Iyad Muslih is a Jordanian Ph.D. student who wins the most votes in the mosque’s Executive Committee election in December 2004. He visits his aunt in Johnstown, PA, and considers lessons the mosque in Morgantown can learn from its counterpart in Johnstown. He moves back to Jordan before seeing many of the changes he advocates. Share your own community story.
|Hadia Mubarak (2:17)
As Asra sets out on her ‘Muslim Women’s Freedom Tour’ in March 2005, the Morgantown Muslim community sponsors a visit by Hadia Mubarak, then national president of the Muslim Student Association. Hadia opens her speech with a poem expressing a very different kind of Islamic feminism. Learn more about women in Islam.
|Khaled Abou El Fadl (5:32)
The night before her visit to a Los Angeles mosque, Asra meets with Khaled Abou El Fadl, the UCLA law professor and Islamic scholar whom she considers her intellectual guide. Abou El Fadl encourages her to continue writing books even in the face of criticism from other Muslims who dismiss her as a self-promoter. Learn more about interpreting the Quran.
|Edina Lekovic (2:59)
Edina Lekovic, communications director for the Muslim Public Affairs Council, challenges Asra’s confrontational approach to activism. This is a full version of the conversation excerpted in the film. Share your own story of community activism.