Islam is a cultural phenomenon in 24 countries of the world. Democracy in Islam reflects and examines the representation of Muslims and Islamic culture in America and the West, in general. Through the portrayal of a South Asian Muslim family living in Manhattan's East Village, Bina Sharif explores the liberalism within this family that seems to be buried beneath a conservative image of what Islam is believed to be. A divorced mother trying so hard to be American dealing with one son who is suddenly engaged in studying Islam, another son who is in complete denial of his roots and is engaged to a white American woman whose family has doubts about the whole Muslim thing, plus a (Sunni) lesbian daughter and her (Shia) revolutionary peace activist girlfriend combined with news reporters, "Islamic scholars" and an ancient Muslim spirit from Persia set the stage for this hilarious and thought-provoking dramatic play. "Democracy in Islam" is Sharif's latest work.
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