The Secret Life of Muslims by Seftel Productions is released on Vox and The USA TODAY Network.  We'll be premiering more over the coming weeks so be sure to look out for new videos, or watch past episodes in the playlist above.

 
 
 

Fifteen years after 9/11, American Muslims still face an uphill battle in the national imagination. The current political climate spurred on by constant fear mongering during this election cycle, as well as the saturation of negative stereotypes that flood the news and media continue to make Muslims the target of suspicion and hostility. 

Building on its work in The Secret Life of Scientists, Seftel Productions' new series, The Secret Life of Muslims, uses humor and empathy to subvert stereotypes and reveal the truth about American Muslims: fascinating careers, unexpected talents, and inspiring accomplishments, providing a counter-narrative to the rampant Islamophobia prevalent in the media. 

It features Ahmed Ahmed, Khalid Latif, Rais Bhuiyan, Linda Sarsour, Layla Shaikley, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, Dena Takruri, Reza Aslan, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Mona Haydar and Sebastian Robins, Wajahat Ali, Aman Ali, Zahra Noorbakhsh, Maz Jobrani, Omar Regan, Iqbal Theba, and Negin Farsad.

 
 
 

Episodes

 

What does it mean to be Muslim? There are 1.7 billion answers.

FEATURES
Aman Ali
Wajahat Ali
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
Reza Aslan
Negin Farsad
Mona Haydar
Maz Jobrani
Ibtihaj Muhammad
Zahra Noorbakhsh
Omar Regan
Sebastian Robins
Linda Sarsour
Layla Shaikley
Dena Takruri
Iqbal Theba

Khalid Latif: Muslim NYPD chaplain: saluted in uniform, harassed as a civilian

SPECIAL THANKS
Nick Allen
Elvert Barnes
C-SPAN
Dave Hosford
Bryan Derballa
Marc Eaddy
H.L.I.T
Dave Hosford
Karsten Moran/NYT
Khalid Latif
Liesa Cole
NYU CAS
Craig Ruttle/AP
Sarah Stacke/The Moth
Valk Aviation
Wochit News

Ahmed Ahmed: An American-Muslim comedian on
being typecast as a terrorist

SPECIAL THANKS
ABC
Ahmed Ahmed
CBS The Early Show
CNN
Cross Cultural Entertainment
The Comedy Store
Fabrizio Costantini for The New York Times
Royal Oaks Entertainment Inc.
Jude Ferrara/The City Paper
KiroTV
kodoom.com
Levity Productions
lol flix (YouTube channel)
Warner Bros. Pictures

Rais Bhuiyan: This Muslim American was shot after 9/11. Then he fought to save his attacker’s life

SPECIAL THANKS
Al Jazeera English
BBC News
Rais Bhuiyan
CBC News
CBS News
KVUE News
Murderpedia.org
Misty Keasler / Esquire
Nick DiFonzo
NPR
Prelinger Archives
RT News
Sify News
United Artists
World Without Hate

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh: Tired of being bullied, this “MuslimGirl” found a way for Muslim women to talk back

SPECIAL THANKS
AOL
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
Katie Booth
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity
Paul Drinkwater
Dynamic Patents
Forbes
Getty Images
Kevin Jarrett
MTV
Jenna Masoud
Frank Micelotta
Muslim Girl
NBC
RPA
Tim Roney
Sample WM
TDx Talks
Teen Vogue
Vice Media
WQHT
Wireimage
Women in the World

One helpful rule for being a Muslim on the internet – don’t read the comments

FEATURES
Aman Ali
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
Reza Aslan
Negin Farsad
Maz Jobrani
Zahra Noorbakhsh
Omar Regan
Dena Takruri
Iqbal Theba

Mona Haydar & Sebastian RobinsAfter San Bernardino, this couple fought Islamophobia with doughnuts and conversation

SPECIAL THANKS
Al Jazeera American News
AJ+ 
BBC
Boston Globe
CBS
Mona Haydar
NPR
PBS
People
Sebastian Robins
Upworthy
Twitter Users:
Salaam Bhatti
Hebron MSA
InterfaithYouthCore
Jamilla
Katherine Lymn
K Watmough

Dena Takruri: Meet Dena Takruri, the Muslim-American journalist working to give voice to the voiceless

SPECIAL THANKS
ABC News
AJ+
Dena Takruri
NBC Nightly News
NBC News
Walt Disney Studios

Reza Aslan: Why American TV needs a Muslim Modern Family

SPECIAL THANKS
ABC
Reza Aslan
CNN
Comedy Central
Deadline
Fox News
Huff Post Live
NBC
New York Times
Warner Bros. Pictures

Linda Sarsour: Before organizing the Women’s March on Washington, Linda Sarsour fought for Muslim holidays in NYC

SPECIAL THANKS
AJ+
Arab Women Activists & Leaders (A.W.A.L.)
CNN
Coalition for Muslim School Holidays
Daily News
Detroit Public TV
Ford Foundation
New York 1
New York City Department of Education
New York City Mayor’s Office
New York Times
Refinery29
Linda Sarsour
United Sikhs
WND

A Beginner’s Guide To Hijabs: Muslim-American women answer basic questions about the head covering — like whether you wear one during sex.

FEATURES
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
Reza Aslan
Negin Farsad
Ibtihaj Muhammad
Linda Sarsour
Layla Shaikley
Dena Takruri

 

Funding Provided by

 
 
 
 
 

Advisory Board

Asma Uddin Asma T. Uddin is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of altmuslimah.com, and Co-founder of altVentures Media, Inc., in which capacity she produces web content and offline programming on a wide range of issues pertinent to faith and gender. She is also a lawyer and scholar specializing in American and international religious liberty. 

Asma Uddin

Asma T. Uddin is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of altmuslimah.com, and Co-founder of altVentures Media, Inc., in which capacity she produces web content and offline programming on a wide range of issues pertinent to faith and gender. She is also a lawyer and scholar specializing in American and international religious liberty. 

Dave Eggers Author (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Zeitoun), Screenwriter (Where the Wild Things Are, Away We Go)

Dave Eggers

Author (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Zeitoun), Screenwriter (Where the Wild Things Are, Away We Go)

Howard Gordon Executive Producer, Writer (24, Homeland)

Howard Gordon

Executive Producer, Writer (24, Homeland)

Al-Husein Madhany Executive Assistant to the Chief Information Officer at Facebook

Al-Husein Madhany

Executive Assistant to the Chief Information Officer at Facebook

 
Jonathan A. C. Brown Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Muslim Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, Author, Council on Foreign Relations

Jonathan A. C. Brown

Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Muslim Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, Author, Council on Foreign Relations

Kashif Shaikh Program Officer at McCormick Foundation

Kashif Shaikh

Program Officer at McCormick Foundation

Meyl Chertoff Director, The Aspen Institute’s Justice and Society Program, Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law

Meyl Chertoff

Director, The Aspen Institute’s Justice and Society Program, Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law

Mona Damluji Mona Damluji, PhD Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies University of California, Santa Barbara

Mona Damluji

Mona Damluji, PhD Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies University of California, Santa Barbara

 
Salam Al-Marayati Founder and Executive Director, The Muslim Public Affairs Council

Salam Al-Marayati

Founder and Executive Director, The Muslim Public Affairs Council

Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur Author (Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak), Activist.

Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur

Author (Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak), Activist.

Wajahat Ali Playwright (Domestic Crusaders), Writer, Attorney, and Associate Editor of the website AltMuslim

Wajahat Ali

Playwright (Domestic Crusaders), Writer, Attorney, and Associate Editor of the website AltMuslim

 
 
 
 

executive producers

 
 
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Joshua Seftel

Filmmaker Joshua Seftel began his career at age 22 with the Emmy-nominated Lost and Found, a documentary film about Romania’s orphaned and abandoned children. The PBS broadcast of the film led to the American adoption of thousands of orphaned children. Seftel went on to direct the anti-war film War Inc., a political satire starring John Cusack, Ben Kingsley and Marisa Tomei, as well as the groundbreaking Emmy Award-winning television program Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Recently, he created a YouTube series consisting of candid conversations between him and his 79-year-old mother. Seftel's essays and commentaries have appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR, and This American Life.

 

 
 
 

Reza Azlan

Reza Aslan is a best-selling author (Zealot, No god But God), commentator, professor, and producer for The Leftovers (HBO), Of Kings and Prophets (ABC), Rough Draft (Ovation), and Believer (CNN).

 
 
 
 

credits

 

Director
Joshua Seftel

Executive Producers
Joshua Seftel
Reza Aslan

Supervising Producer
Anna Bick Rowe

Co-Executive Producer
Jill Landaker Grunes

Series Created By
Joshua Seftel
Brittany Huckabee

Producers
Wajahat Ali
Mona Damluji
Erika Frankel
al-Husein Madhany
Asma Uddin

Co-Producer
Jaclyn Biskup

Consulting Producer
Dena Takruri
Kashif Shaikh

Associate Producers
Eric Nichols
Salwa Shameem

Editors
Rob Chapman
Rabab Haj Yahya
Amanda Larson
Jacob Steingroot

Assistant Editors
Steve Benjamin
Nick Cancelliere
Katrina Pastore

Production Coordinator
Amy Shand

Music By
John Dragonetti

Animation By
Dan Sousa

Graphic Design by
Ehsaan Mesghali

Cinematographers
Ben Bloodwell
Naiti Gamez
Omar Mullick
Adam Silver

Funders
Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art
Ford Foundation
New York Community Trust
Pillars Funds

Legal Services
Sandy Forman

Series Advisors
Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur
Salam Al-Marayati
Jonathan A. Brown
Meryl Chertoff
Dave Eggers
Howard Gordon

Production Company
Seftel Productions

Copyright
© Seftel Productions, Inc. 2016