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30 Days/Muslims and America
Muslims and America is the third episode of the first season of 30 Days, and the third episode overall.
David Stacy is the perfect representation of an American Christian from the South. David will spend 30 days in Dearborn, MI, one of America's largest Muslim communities. He will become Muslim for the next 30 days, from the day he leaves West Virginia until the day he returns.
David Stacy, 33, is a good Christian husband and father from West Virginia. Like many of his fellow Americans, he has gained new awareness in recent years of the Muslim presence in the country, but has yet to have any real understanding of the religion or community beyond his own stereotypes. For 30 Days, he will live with the Hagues, a Muslim couple living just outside of Dearborn, MI--one of the largest and densest Muslim communities in the United States. He will immerse himself in the Muslim culture and community, initially with the belief that the experience will confirm his preconceived notions of Islam and its followers
David Stacy is married to Aileen Stacy with 2 year-old son, Alex. He graduated with a B.A. in Sociology/Economics in 1992 from West Virginia University, and completed post graduate MBA course work via Marshall University. He has been employed as Commercial Insurance Sales Executive for the past 8 years in Charleston, West Virginia.
Shamael Haque, 27, is currently a first year resident in Neuropsychiatry at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI, having graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 2003. Shamael also holds a Masters degree in Health Management and a B.A. in Arabic, both from the University of Michigan. While studying at the University of Michigan in 1999, Shamael also won the National Collegiate Boxing Association's "flyweight" championship.
Sadia Shakir Haque, 28, attends Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, MI. Upon graduation in August 2005, Sadia plans to work in the fields of tax and estate planning. She previously earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Barry University in Miami, FL, where her parents reside.
Mr. and Mrs. Haque have been married 4 1/2 years after meeting initially through college acquaintances. Both are first generation Pakistani Americans and practicing Sunni Muslims. Together they have one daughter, Hanaan, who recently celebrated her second birthday. The family lives in Canton, MI, a suburb of Dearborn.
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