TV network TLC is making a reality series following the lives of Muslims living in America.
The programme – called ‘All American Muslim’ – will follow five Muslim families in Dearborn, Michigan hoping to expose the ‘misconceptions and conflicts’ they face ‘outside and within’ their own community’.
Dearborn has one of America’s largest Muslim populations and has the largest mosque in North America.
In a statement TLC’s general manager Amy Winter said: ‘Inviting viewers into a world they might not otherwise experience.
‘Through these families and their diverse experiences, we will explore how they blend their values and traditions with everyday life in America.
She added the programme would provide: ‘Insight into their culture with care and compassion.’
The series – which will be released in November – is set to feature a range of characters including a set of sisters one of whom wears a headscarf while the other sports piercings and tattoos and is married to an Irish Catholic Islamic convert.
Other characters include: ‘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.’
According to the network’s statement: ‘The families featured in the series share the same religion, but lead very distinct lives that oftentimes challenge the Muslim stereotype.’
The announcement comes as positive attitudes in America towards Muslims appear to be on the rise.
Earlier this year a CNN found that 46 per cent Americans have a positive view of American Muslims, while 26 per cent have an negative view.
In 2002, the number of Americans with a positive view of Muslims stood at 39