x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Little Mosque on the Prairie

This Canadian comedy series, seen on the national broadcaster CBC, was the first to depict ordinary Muslim life in North America.

Zaib Shaikh and Sitara Hewitt from Little Mosque on the Prarie.
Zaib Shaikh and Sitara Hewitt from Little Mosque on the Prarie.

This Canadian comedy series, seen on the national broadcaster CBC, was the first to depict ordinary Muslim life in North America.

It is set in a small fictional town called Mercy, home to both a Muslim and Christian population. Its creator and producer, Zarqa Nawaz, has said her goal was to make a sitcom, not a satire.

So while the Muslim and Christian characters do tackle issues of faith, integration and acceptance, it was done through everyday comedic scenarios: co-ed swimming classes, bad hair days under headscarves and chaperoned dates.

The show's diverse characters are both liberal and conservative Muslims, tolerant and suspicious Christians, and include a Christian woman who converted to Islam for her Muslim husband. The series has won awards both within and beyond Canada.

It enters its sixth and final season this month.