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October 31, 2007

Happy Halal-oween!

In the News:

At CBC News there's Israelis, Palestinians weigh in on CBC's Little Mosque:

"Our sense of comedy is not what they have in North America," laughed Khaled Amr. The sense of humour also appeared to differ based on what side of the city was watching the show — scenes that got a big laugh in West Jerusalem were met with silence in the city's east. Palestinians and Israelis both got chuckles from the show, but at different times. Link

This Magazine wonders what American viewers will make of Mosque:

When it comes to American viewers, “small town Canada with a little Muslim twist” might have a hard time competing with a tight T-shirt sporting Kiefer torturing terrorists. Link

October 24, 2007

LMOP Article on Saudi Aramco World

Just "googling" Little Mosque on the Prairie and came across an in-depth article about the show on SaudiAramcoWorld.com. Written by Sheldon Chad and photographed by Michael Nelson, the article talks about the beginning, when Little Mosque on the Prairie was being pitched by creator Zarqa Nawaz. They also spoke with Executive Producer Mary Darling and CBC Creative Head, Anton Leo, who both recollect about those early days. Link

October 17, 2007

Yo, Adrienne

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Photo Credit: Tara Walton, Toronto Star

What TV shows does Adrienne Clarkson say she watches every week?

I watch Little Mosque on the Prairie and Corner Gas. I think they express something about Canada and I enjoy the actors. And they're both very, very funny. Link

We don't mind the shared billing when it comes from a Governor General.

The title of tonight's episode is Ban the Burka. This title caused a bit of a debate here at the blog - over spelling. How do you spell burka, anyway?

The Oxford English Dictionary says burka is right, as is burqa, boorka, bourkha and burko. Link

Burqini is spelled with a 'q' or a 'k.'

The Baber Rants

Baber's latest rant is up on the site. This week's topic: the worst "ism" of all. Hint: it's not communism, fascism or sexism.

In the news:

The Globe and Mail looks at criticism of the Harper government's plans to court ethnic voters.

The Pakistan Daily Times has a story on the first Muslim woman to take front seat in the U.K. parliament.

Human rights lawyer Sayeeda Warsi has become the first Muslim woman to take a front-bench post at cabinet level in the British parliament.The 36-year old mother of one took her seat in the House of Lords as Baroness Warsi. She is also the youngest member of Britain's upper parliamentary chamber and the first female Muslim for the opposition Conservative Party. Link

October 11, 2007

Welcome

Welcome to the Little Mosque blog. We'll be posting news stories, observations, behind-the-scenes updates, and exclusive interviews with cast and crew.

In the news:

British writer Ziauddin Sardar talks about the show in the U.K.'s New Statesman today.

Muslims have become funny. Like most other people, we've always had our funny side and have never been averse to laughing at ourselves. But somehow the west never appreciated that we had a sense of humour. Link

And Variety's Awards Central carries a story on Little Mosque and the Search for Common Ground Award:

"Little Mosque on the Prairie," a sitcom about a Muslim community in a small Canadian prairie town, will receive the Search for Common Ground Award, a prestigious humanitarian award whose previous winners include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former U.S. President Carter and Muhammad Ali. Link

And, alas, a slightly surlier take on the story at Defamer.