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America at a Crossroads: The Mosque in Morgantown

Premieres Monday, June 15, 2009 at 10 p.m. ET (check local listings).

Working in Pakistan after September 11, 2001, former Wall Street Journal reporter Asra Nomani faced a double shock. First came a surprise pregnancy and abandonment by the Pakistani man she thought would be her husband, then the murder of her dear friend Daniel Pearl at the hands of Muslim extremists. Still reeling and with a son to raise, she returned to her hometown in West Virginia and discovered the mosque had been taken over by men she saw as extremists. The Mosque in Morgantown chronicles what happens when she decides to fight back — angering even the mosque’s moderates. As the film unfolds, it tells a story of competing paths to social change, American identity, and the nature of religion itself.

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Asra Q. Nomani, current co-director of the Pearl Project at Georgetown University, stands before her hometown mosque in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Credit: Gabriel Goodenough

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Asra Q. Nomani, current co-director of the Pearl Project at Georgetown University, stands before her hometown mosque in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Credit: Gabriel Goodenough

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Asra Q. Nomani, current co-director of the Pearl Project at Georgetown University, confronts questions at a mosque in Los Angeles.

Credit: Courtesy Version One Productions, Inc.

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Asra Q. Nomani, current co-director of the Pearl Project at Georgetown University, with her son.

Credit: Courtesy Version One Productions, Inc.

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Christine Arja, a member of the mosque in Morgantown, West Virginia, being interviewed.

Credit: Courtesy Version One Productions, Inc.

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Ihtishaam Qazi, a member of the mosque in Morgantown, West Virginia, at prayer.

Credit: Courtesy Version One Productions, Inc.