30 Mosques in 30 States is a unique, multimedia portrait of diverse Muslim communities throughout America.
Part travel blog, part photo essay, part video diary, and part mobile application, 30 Mosques in 30 States is an original documentary experience developed by digital media producers Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq – two young Muslim Americans who set out to visit a different mosque in a different U.S. state for each of the 30 days of Ramadan. The two’s 13,000-mile route will essentially take them across the entire country before they end up back home in New York City.
Through their journey, we learn about the first mosque built in the U.S. in the tiny town of Ross, North Dakota in 1929 as well as what life is like for Muslim Americans in Alaska. There are an estimated 3 million to 4 million Muslims living in the United States – a number that is expected to double by the year 2030. Muslims in the U.S. come from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds including African Americans, South and East Asians, Europeans, Arabs, and East Africans. 30 Mosques in 30 States is a glimpse into the mosaic of Muslim life that can only be told with today's new forms of digital storytelling. Join Aman and Bassam on their journey, here: http://30mosques.com/
30 Mosques in 30 States has already been generating a lot of buzz. Check out these features from CNN, The Huffington Post, Boing Boing, and The Takeaway. 30 Mosques in 30 States is part of Diverse Muslim Voices, a multiyear media initiative to build awareness and improve understanding in the U.S. of diverse Muslim societies. Funding is provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
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