You can't take the 'mickey out of Islam’ anymore, can you?

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Submitted by Marcus on Wed, 2012-08-29 11:25

The BBC broadcast a comedy on Monday, Citizen Khan, the first ever Asian sitcom they've done.

I started to watch it, but thought the jokes were weak and switched over.

According to the Daily Mail complaints from Muslims have poured in.

It was claimed that the programme ‘takes the mickey out of Islam’, was guilty of ‘stereotypes about Asians’ and was ‘disrespectful to the Koran’.

One scene that particularly provoked anger was where a heavily-made up girl, Mr Khan’s daughter, rushed to put on a hijab and pretended to be reading the Koran when her father entered.

"The six-part series, which aired for the first time on BBC1 on Monday at 10.35pm, has been created by British Muslim Adil Ray, who also plays the lead role."

So the BBC played safe and got a Muslim to write it and still walked into a hornet's nest of controversey. I say, let's not portray Muslims at all on TV. Islam is based on a fairy tale myth anyway as Tom Holland pointed out last night in his program, Islam - the untold story.

I don't know what is the bigger story here. Holland's revelation that sixty years after the death of Mohammed the conquering Arabs of Byzantium did not claim to be Muslim and still worshipped at Jewish temples (so much for the myth that Islam conquered the eastern Roman Empire and set up the Ottoman Caliphate) or how he pussy-footed around the subject with cringe-making caution.

I understand his fear. Indeed, he is probably already well-acquainted with death-threats after publishing his book last year which makes the same claims. Still, you either go the whole hog or you don't. Holland will find complaints and hate-filled death threats from Muslims after this program no matter what he did. Probably even if he told the orthodox version, some Islamic nutter out there would take issue with it.

An uncharacteristically bolshie review in the Guardian summed up this duality well:

Holland is no attention-seeking, neo-Conservative, Niall Ferguson lookalike. Indeed, I'd guess his heart bleeds liberalism and, to my western sceptic eyes, his contention that the Arab empire gave birth to Islam, rather than the traditionally held belief that it was the other way round, seemed well-argued, fascinating – I learned a lot of history I didn't know in a short space of time – and uncontentious. I would find it a great deal more surprising if a religious text written 1,400 years ago turned out to be wholly accurate. But for those who believe the Qur'an is the word of God passed directly to man and that inconvenient lacunae of knowledge are merely events that have yet to be properly explained, then Holland's view is almost certainly blasphemous.

Herein lay another parallel story that was seldom far from the surface but which remained steadfastly untold. For decades – centuries even – scholars have felt free to contest the accuracy of other religious texts. Not least the Bible; what's true, what's parable and what's just wishful thinking has all been up for grabs without any serious damage being done to Christian beliefs. Not so with Islam, around which non-Islamic scholars tread with extreme caution. I'm all for cultural and religious sensitivity, but the degree to which Holland tiptoed around the subject and apologised for his findings went way beyond what was required. Or would have been on offer for any other religion. It was almost as if he was looking over his shoulder, half expecting a fatwa at any minute.

My advice to the TV bosses of Channel 4 and BBC would be not to screen any Muslim content at all. If you are going to be all Islam sensitive then forget about the nutters, leave them to themselves and any other whinging minorities and don't broadcast one damn thing about them. However, if you have the balls to do it rub their Islamic faces in the pig excrement, don't pull your fatwas and damn the consequences.

Just don't pussy foot around and stay on the fence of political correctness.


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Now here is a girl that's fired up!

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Extremely brave the way she stands up to this mullah!

Hopefully they do not behead her...

Anti-Islam film protest outside Google's London HQ

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Anti-Islam film protest outside Google's London HQ

"Up to 3,500 people have protested outside the headquarters of Google in central London over an anti-Islam film.

Buckingham Palace Road in Victoria was closed for three hours by the demonstration.

The protesters called for the trailer for the US-made film, Innocence of Muslims, to be removed from YouTube, which is owned by Google.

Google has said the video is "clearly within our guidelines and so will stay on YouTube".

Citizen Khan gets second series

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Citizen Khan gets second series from BBC despite 'anti-Islam' controversy

The BBC has recommissioned Citizen Khan, despite complaints from some viewers that the first series mocked Islam.

"The BBC has handed Adil Ray a second season of his studio-based sitcom, which follows the ups and downs of the Khan family, who live in the Sparkhill area in Birmingham.

Despite the fact that show creator and lead actor Ray is a Muslim himself, Citizen Khan attracted criticism from some viewers who believed it mocked Islam.

But the programme performed consistently in the ratings, kicking off with a respectable 3.7m viewers for its first episode and ending with a cross-series average of 3m.

Ray said of the BBC's decision to recommission Citizen Khan: 'I am thrilled. This is testament to the hard work of the cast, my co-writers and the entire crew.

'I have been touched to hear from families nationwide who have already taken this cuddly, bearded Pakistani Muslim from Birmingham into their hearts and living rooms.

'Above all, I thank community leaders who continue to spring up everywhere who provide the inspiration.'

BBC1 controller Danny Cohen said the series was a 'laugh-out-loud family comedy for all generations.'

'Citizen Khan has delivered this whilst bringing new comic talent and a fresh flavour to the channel. I can't wait for the second series,' he added.

Mark Freeland, head of BBC Comedy, said: 'With sitcom, to grab attention all you can ask is laugh-out-loud funny distinctiveness, authenticity and great characters. I think we've certainly grabbed people's attention.'

The Fatwa - Salman Rushdie Story

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Joseph Anton, Episode 4 and Episode 5.

Pakistan activists target controversial pictures

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Pakistani hackers claim they were responsible for bringing down a French magazine website after it published nude cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

"The images have provoked deep anger among Muslims who consider any depiction of their Prophet to be blasphemous and come as protests continue against an amateurish, internet movie Innocence of Muslims.

The website of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was inaccessible on Wednesday afternoon, amid reports that it had come under a denial of service attack since the early hours of the morning.

A group calling itself the Guardian of Honour of the Prophet, SAW – an abbreviation for the Arabic May Allah Pray on Him and Grant Him peace – claimed it was responsible.

"We don't promote violence, instead we peacefully put the down the website that had posted blasphemous content today," it said in a statement sent to ProPakistani, a technology website.

The front cover of the magazine showed an Orthodox Jew pushing a turbaned figure in a wheelchair and several caricatures of the Prophet were included on its inside pages, including some of him naked...

Pakistan has seen dozens of protests in the past few days and the government has declared Friday as a national holiday in honour of the Prophet Mohammed."

France braces for protests after nude Prophet Mohammed cartoons

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France braces for protests after satirical magazine publishes nude Prophet Mohammed cartoons

"The French Foreign Ministry has announced plans to close up to 20 of its schools and embassies around the world on Friday, following concerns over a backlash against the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in a French magazine.

The cartoons, published in the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, hit newsstands today and France is bracing for a hostile reaction.

There are concerns that the magazine may further anger Muslims, already outraged over an anti-Islamic film.

Demonstrations against the 'Innocence of Muslims' film have already claimed at least 30 lives in more than 20 countries.

The cartoon published in the magazine plays off the US-produced film which portrays the prophet as a fraud, a womaniser and a child molester.

The offices of Charlie Hebdo were fire-bombed last year after the magazine published an edition entitled 'Sharia Hebdo' describing it as 'guest edited' by the Prophet Mohammed.

Authorities in France, which has Europe's largest Muslim population, called for calm amid concerns about violent protests in an already febrile atmosphere."

Salman Rushdie autobiography...

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Episode 2

"Both the author's parents were habitual storytellers. Then he left home to
attend Rugby school, which was hard for him. But there were moments of
inspiration along the way!"

Episode 3

Discovers for the first time the history of the Satanic Verses of Mohammed.

"At Cambridge his eyes are opened."

Citizen Khan Episode 4....

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...was medium to strong on the old insultometer.

One insult when Khan takes a group of Muslims to the local pub to show that they are just the same as everyone else in the community. Another when Khan adds an advertising jingle for a mobile phone shop to the end of the call to prayers at his Mosque.

Another heads up for Salman Rushdie on TV.

BBC one tomorrow: The Fatwa - Salman's Story

"Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses, tells for the first time the inside story of how it felt to be condemned to death by the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989, and to spend the next decade in hiding. To coincide with the publication of Rushdie's new book about that time, Alan Yentob has been given unique access to the author and to the bodyguards who lived with him. Friends and writers like Ian McEwan and Hanif Kureshi speak frankly, as do Rushdie's sister, ex-wife and sons."

Salman Rushdie talks about Fatwa...

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...here on BBC radio, recorded before the riots.

First extract from Rushdie's autobiography about the Fatwa, Joseph Anton.

Interview in the Guardian after the riots:

Salman Rushdie: the fatwa, Islamic fundamentalism and Joseph Anton

"We are meeting on Friday after the murder of the US ambassador to Libya and as many Muslims spend their holy day attacking western embassies across north Africa and beyond, in protest at a film, the Innocence of Muslims, that slurs Islam. "The film is clearly a malevolent piece of garbage," says Rushdie. "The civilised response would be to say of the director: 'Fuck him. Let's get on with our day.' What's not civilised is to hold America responsible for everything that happens in its borders. That's crap. Even if that were true, to respond with physical attacks and believe it's OK to attack people because you're upset at this thing, that's an improper reaction. The Muslim world needs to get out of that mindset."

He doubts it will. The downside of the Arab spring for him is the rise of Salafism. "That extremist form of Islam has risen since the Arab Spring in those countries where there were revolutions." Worse yet, western liberals have bent the knee to the sensibilities of the most extreme Muslims, he argues. If Rushdie presented the manuscript of a new novel more critical of Islam than The Satanic Verses to his agent today would he be able to sell it? "Probably not."

He cites as a case in point Channel 4's decision last week to cancel a screening at its London HQ of Islam: The Untold History, following complaints and online threats to its presenter, the historian Tom Holland. It is a programme that examines the origins of the religion from much the same historicising perspective as that which interested Rushdie.

"The refrain is: 'Oh dear, Muslims might be angry and we must respect them.' Not true. When people do the cowardly thing, it's not about respect, it's about fear." That's debatable, but what is certainly true is that Channel 4 has not wholly bent the knee: Holland's series can still be viewed online on Channel 4OD.

The west, Rushdie argues in Joseph Anton, is partly responsible for the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. Why? "The west was involved in toppling the Mossadegh government. That ultimately led to the Iranian revolution. That's one part." Another part is the west's support for the House of Saud. He writes: "To place the House of Saud on the Throne that Sits Over the Oil might well look like the greatest foreign policy error of the Western powers, because the Sauds had used their unlimited oil wealth to build schools (madrassas) to propagate the extremist, puritanical ideology of their beloved (and previously marginal) Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, and as a result Wahhabism had grown from its tiny cult origins to overrun the Arab world. Its rise gave confidence and energy to other Islamic extremists.'"

But not entirely the west's fault? "A certain part of what's happened in the Muslim world you would have to describe as a self-inflicted wound. When I was a boy I was told of the great cities of Beirut, Baghdad and Tehran. They were sophisticated, beautiful places where different cultures mixed. In my lifetime, they've gone from that to being disaster zones."

Recently, he visited the reopened Islamic wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. "There was stuff of heartstopping beauty – treasures, jewellery, plates. So many wonderful things. The problem is it [Islam] has developed into a narrow ideology. Islam won't produce such jewels this century."

Citizen Khan episode 3...

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...medium to strong on the insultometer.

I say that because the "pretending to read the Koran" joke with Khan's "secretly western" daughter is repeated.

However this time she is reading "the history of Islam" or in fact obviously not reading it because when her father walks into the room she is holding the book upside down.

Perhaps the better joke is that she asks her father to pay for her to go to an "Islamic" holiday camp in Turkey. However it is obvious from her innuendo that this is in fact a place where she will go "clubbing" with her friends.

When the elder sister tells Khan that he explains the "birds and bees" to her.

Citizen Khan - view from abroad

"Debate over the BBC's new comedy series Citizen Khan has spread beyond the UK thanks to the availability of video clips online.

The exploits of British-Pakistani "community leader" Mr Khan drew just under 200 complaints after its first episode was aired on BBC Two last week.

Many accused the show of mocking Islam and perpetuating racial stereotypes.

Discussion has built since on English language websites aimed at Pakistanis and Muslims around the world.

The complete programme is currently only available to watch in the UK, so those overseas have only had access to clips published on various websites.

Many of the criticisms were familiar, but new themes also emerged which speak to questions of identity and frictions between Pakistan and India.

The show also received praise in some quarters for offering an alternative to what many see as negative portrayals of Pakistani Muslims in the news media.

Pakistani newspaper The News International, however, was displeased by the portrayal of the Khan family.

It observed that "in every shot of the series, it has been ensured by the BBC that Pakistani flags are hanging in the background to ensure that the viewers get a definite idea that the characters and the stories are about Pakistan and not be confused generally as Asians."

The article also criticised a scene where Mr Khan's daughter was seen hastily donning a hijab and opening a copy of the Koran as her father entered the room.

The Pakistan News Watch website described the programme as "an assemblage of stereotypes" but added that "shows like Citizen Khan are essential in multicultural societies and help put all communities on an equal footing - if everyone can have a laugh at everyone else's expense, then no one can claim superiority".

Several Pakistan-based discussion sites also carried threads on the programme.

The Siasat website, which describes itself as "public forum to discuss Pakistani politics," hosted a broad-ranging discussion, with a slight majority attacking the programme as "racist" and "offensive to Islam".

Another strand of criticism emerged over the number of Indians in the cast."

Holland responds to the critics

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Tom Holland responds to the programme's critics

"As a non-Muslim historian I tried to examine, within a historical framework, the rise of a new civilisation and empire that arose in the late antique world as the two great ancient empires of Rome and Persia were in decline. The themes in the programme have been previously written about extensively by many other historians including: Patricia Crone, Professor at Princeton; Gerald Hawting, Professor at SOAS; and Fred Donner, Professor at Chicago  all of whom lent their support to the programme. The themes it explores are currently the focus of intense and escalating academic debate.

An accusation laid against the film is one of bias and, although I believe that absolute objectivity is a chimera, what was incumbent upon us, in making the film, was to be up-front about my own ideological background and presumptions, and to acknowledge the very different perspective that Muslim faith provides. If the film was about the origins of Islam, then it was also about the tensions between two differing world-views. Whether one accepts or rejects the truth of the tradition is ultimately dependent upon the philosophical presumptions that one brings to the analysis of the sources.

To answer some other substantive points:

1. It has been suggested that I say in the film that Mecca is not mentioned in the Qu'ran. In fact, I say that Mecca is mentioned once in the Qu'ran. As a historian I have to rely on original texts and although later tradition (as brought to us through the hadith) has come to accept that other names are synonymous with Mecca, the fact is that there is only one mention of Mecca in the Qu'ran(although due to an unwarranted interpolation, a second one does appear in the Pickthall translation).

2. On the broad perspective some complaints assert unequivocally, as is often said, that Islam was "born in the full light of history unlike the ancient faiths". That may have been the belief of Western scholars back in the days of Ernest Renan, but it is most certainly not the academic consensus today. One leading authority, Professor Fred Donner, who appears in the film, has written:

"We have to admit collectively that we simply do not know some very basic things about the Qur'an - things so basic that the knowledge of them is usually taken for granted by scholars dealing with other texts. They include such questions as: How did the Qur'an originate? Where did it come from, and when did it first appear? How was it first written? In what kind of language was - is - it written? What form did it first take? Who constituted its first audience? How was it transmitted from one generation to another, especially in its early years? When, how, and by whom was it codified? Those familiar with the Qur'an and the scholarship on it will know that to ask even one of these questions immediately plunges us into realms of grave uncertainty, and has the potential to spark intense debate."

This summary may fairly be said to represent the current state of play in the academic debate.

3. It has also wrongly been suggested that we said there is no historical evidence for the seventh century origins of Islam. What I actually said in the film was that I had expected to find contemporaneous Muslim evidence - "but there's nothing there." And the Qur'an aside, the first mention of the prophet Muhammad's name in Arabic is on the coin that we featured in Part Five, and on the Dome of the Rock, which we also featured prominently. The evidence provided by Christian contemporaries was mentioned in Part Three, and is dealt with at greater length in the book.

Obviously in a film of only 74 minutes, which opens up very rich and complex arguments and brings to light detailed academic scholarship, which has been going on for over forty years, it is impossible to articulate all the resonances and implications of every argument. Much more detail, with full citation of sources, will be found in my book In the Shadow of the Sword: The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World. All the film can hope to do is to introduce this fascinating (but until now, largely academic) debate with careful contextualising to a larger television audience. The subject, it should be said, is advancing and changing all the time as new discoveries are made, and new insights are gained. That is precisely what makes it such a fascinating area of research, and an entirely valid topic for a documentary."

Channel 4 cancels screening of film questioning Islam's origins

Broadcaster calls off event at its HQ citing security fears after documentary Islam: The Untold Story drew 1,000 complaints.

"A Metropolitan police spokesperson said the force had no knowledge of the event or the decision to cancel it.

However, sources close to the channel said the screening had been cancelled after advice was taken from "relevant security authorities".

Dr Jenny Taylor, a writer and academic who had been invited to attend the screening, said it was "appalling" the event was being cancelled.

"This party was cancelled for security reasons, so this means that presumably people's lives are at risk," said Taylor, who runs the charity Lapido Media, which seeks to foster better understanding and reporting of religion in the media. Holland is one of the trustees of Lapido, which is publishing a series of books on religious affairs, the first of which is about the controversial Islamic group Tablighi Jamaat.

Taylor said media coverage was a factor in whipping up "a false storm of protest" over the programme, which she described as "a good bit of history by one of the most eminent historians in the country".

"We have got to be able to discuss history. That is the western way. That is what we do here. Every other civilisation that Tom has written about has come in for the same treatment. Why should Islam be left out?"

Among those who criticised the programme was Inayat Bunglawala, who debated with Holland on Twitter. Bunglawala also blogged about the programme, accusing Holland of "bizarre conjecture About Islam's birthplace".

Islam documentary pulled by Channel 4 after presenter threatened

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Islam documentary pulled by Channel 4 after presenter threatened

"A screening of a controversial documentary on the history of Islam has been cancelled on security advice after its presenter was threatened.

Historian Tom Holland's Channel 4 show Islam: The Untold Story sparked more than 1,000 complaints when it was broadcast.

Holland was threatened online with a torrent of abusive messages on Twitter.

A Channel 4 spokeswoman said: "Having taken security advice, we have reluctantly cancelled a planned screening of the programme Islam: The Untold Story. We remain extremely proud of the film which is still available to view on 4oD."

The investigation into the origins of the religion claimed that there is little written contemporary evidence about the prophet Mohammed.

Holland, the writer of best-sellers Rubicon and Persian Fire, said that Islam is "a legitimate subject of historical inquiry".

Writing on the Channel 4 website after complaints to both the channel and watchdog Ofcom, he said: "We were of course aware when making the programme that we were touching deeply held sensitivities and went to every effort to ensure that the moral and civilizational power of Islam was acknowledged in our film, and the perspective of Muslim faith represented, both in the persons of ordinary Bedouin in the desert, and one of the greatest modern scholars of Islam, Seyyed Hossein Nasr."

Western media systematically insult Islam

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Sun TV discusses...

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Holland gets abuse too!

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TV historian triggers storm after controversial programme about Islam

"Channel 4 has become embroiled in controversy after viewers claimed that a programme distorted the history of Islam.

The broadcaster and regulator Ofcom and received nearly 550 complaints after Islam: The Untold Story was screened last week.

The show’s presenter, Tom Holland, was subjected to a wave of criticism for his investigation into the origins of the religion and its early texts.

He said there was little written contemporary evidence about the life of the Prophet Muhammad, and claimed that the Koran makes little or no reference to Islam’s holy city of Mecca.

Holland, an award-winning writer and historian, received abusive tweets questioning his views on the religion.

Some Twitter users even posted physical threats to the Cambridge-educated historian, while one called him a ‘fool’ for suggesting Islam is a ‘made-up religion’. Ofcom – which received 150 of the complaints regarding the programme’s inaccuracy, alleged bias and offence to Muslims – said it was considering launching an investigation.

The row comes days after Ofcom said it was considering whether to investigate Citizen Khan, the BBC’s new comedy based on a modern Muslim family, after receiving only 20 complaints.

Holland was still locked in debate with his critics on Twitter last night. In one tweet, he even talked of his regret at making the programme, writing: ‘U [sic] are reminding me very effectively why I had vowed to keep off this topic.’

The Islamic Education and Research Academy denounced the programme as ‘historically inaccurate’ and published a long paper criticising Holland’s interpretation.

It described Holland’s claim that records of Muhammad do not appear until 60 years after his life as ‘historically obnoxious’.

‘Holland appears to have turned a blind eye to rich historical Islamic tradition,’ wrote the academy."

Islam: The Untold Story documentary receives 1,200 complaints

"A spokeswoman for the channel said: "This history programme was commissioned as part of Channel 4's remit to support and stimulate well-informed debate on a wide range of issues, by providing access to information and perspectives from around the world and by challenging established views."

Episode 2 on the insultometer...

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...is mild to fair.

BBC plays it around 10:30 (why so late for a family sitcom?), but it still has ratings of around three million viewers.

Since Muslims found it so offensive last week, that Khan's daughter read some western magazine but pretended to read the Koran when her father walks in I'm sure the new material is of a similar strangth of offence.

In probably the most offensive - Khan gets down on his hands and knees on a persian carpet trying to look for his mother-in-law in a changing room. When a female shop assistant discovers him he claims he is praying.

I just asked a Pakistani Muslim...

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...at the corner shop where I buy the paper if he saw Citizen Khan.

He said yes and the whole family watched it and were laughing together.

Craig...

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...I don't mind it referencing classic comedies, I actually think that it's a good thing.

The comedian who plays Citizen Khan actually had already done quite a few sketches on YouTube for the BBC prior to this show on topical issues. Here he is talking about Christmas.

You know, Marcus...

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You're right, of course, that the thing has borrowed from previous British sitcoms. Of course it has.

I'm not saying that no one is ever creative, but there is truth to what the writer of Ecclesiastes said about there being nothing new under the sun. Not absolute truth, I wouldn't think -- any sufficiently clever and creative rearrangement counts as "creative" and "new" -- but truth nonetheless. That's why a book can be published with a title such as The Thirty Six Dramatic Situations.

I still think it comes across as funny, and I still think you were right to bring it up and to defend it in the first place.

Citizen Khan star defends sitcom

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Having watched it I now recognise how much it has borrowed from classic British comedies such as Dad's Army.

Here is a half episode (can't find first part):

Citizen Khan star defends sitcom following over 700 complaints to BBC

"Adil Ray, who wrote the show as well as playing the title role, spoke out after the backlash from viewers who claimed Citizen Khan - set around the Sparkhill community of Birmingham - stereotyped Muslims and was 'disrespectful to the Koran'.

The media regulator Ofcom is also considering an investigation after receiving 20 complaints about the show.

However Ray, a British Muslim previously known for his show on the BBC Asian Network, told Five Live that it was a 'British family sitcom' and was not intended to stereotype the community.

'Citizen Khan is not a Muslim comedy,' he said.

'It is a family comedy with universal themes of hypocrisy, deceit, and relationships that we can all connect to.

'It is a great opportunity for Muslims to be seen as like everybody else. To say, “Look we have the same human flaws as everyone else but we just have a different religion”.'

However he added that it was 'only natural' for some viewers to feel sensitive due to the lack of similar Muslim characters on TV."

You're right Craig...

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...that clip I posted was quite funny.

I only gave it a few minutes, but now I'm going to watch it.

Because I know it is offensive to Muslims I think I will enjoy the jokes even more. I consider it my moral duty to watch it. I'm sure the publicity is going to push up the ratings.

So please Citizen Kahn, bring on the Koran jokes!

Any good ones I will post here so you don't miss out.

Marcus...

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"My advice to the TV bosses of Channel 4 and BBC would be not to screen any Muslim content at all. If you are going to be all Islam sensitive then forget about the nutters, leave them to themselves and any other whinging minorities and don't broadcast one damn thing about them."

I like this, but I fear it's a "would that we could" situation.

Citizen Khan looks funny to me. I'd watch it. But I wonder how many people will be fired over it. Or, in a citizenry-disarmed Britain, killed. I mean, I've watched Saudi Arabia Channel 2 and seen calls for "tolerance." Any guesses what they mean by "tolerance?"

So let's go with the "don't pull your fatwas" approach. Here's a quote from Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America: "The Koran is basically a declaration of war against civilization."

Bring on the fatwas!

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