PATHEOS -- Sabina Khan-Ibarrais a freelance writer and editor. She has written for Huffington Post, The Tempest, Love Inshallah, Altmuslim, Patheos Muslim and other sites. She is an Master of Fine Arts creative nonfiction candidate at San Francisco State University. In an opinion piece, Khan-Ibarrais analyzes a recent episode of Aziz Ansari’s sitcom, “Master of None”:
“These liberals love the progressive movement when it means erasing religion from identity, instead of accepting it as a part of those Muslims who identify as liberals. It’s because trying to understand something complex is difficult for some. They’d rather keep their little boxes and labels and have us work around it instead of making the boxes less rigid.
“I truly appreciated that this was Ansari’s story and I find it refreshing how the episode deals with the complexities of parent and adult children relationships. However, we don’t want to be left with two extremes of the Muslim spectrum that is shown on television — either a terrorist/cab drivers or nonreligious (non-threatening) Muslims.”