Source: West Virginia Public Broadcasting
When Morgantown native Asra Nomani walked through the front door of the local mosque - something women were not allowed to do - she created tension in the community. Her story is now a PBS documentary premiering Wednesday.
Journalist and Morgantown native Asra Nomani saw Islamic extremism up close when her friend and former Wall Street Journal colleague Daniel Pearl was murdered in Pakistan.
So when she returned home to West Virginia to raise her son, she saw warning signs at the local mosque: exclusion of women, intolerance toward non-believers, and suspicion of the West.
She decided to walk through the front door of the mosque -- something women were not allowed to do -- and her resulting campaign brought a storm of media attention, pitting her against the mosque's moderates.
Nomani's story is now a PBS documentary called "The Mosque in Morgantown." The documentary will premier in Morgantown Wednesday, and be shown on West Virginia PBS and across the nation Monday night.