Islam Meets Reality TV in Malaysia

A New York Times article from the summer of 2010 talks about an interesting adaption of the well-known format of the reality tv talent show. However, in this Malaysian version of American Idol, the contestants compete to be part of a new generation of religious leaders:

” The basic premise may replicate that of reality shows like “American Idol” around the globe, but here, inside an auditorium at one of Kuala Lumpur’s largest mosques, are notable variations on the tried-and-true formula.

The prize pool, too, offers a clear indication of the detour the show takes from the usual reality show script. Cash and a new car are up for grabs, but the winner will also be offered a job as an imam, or religious leader, a scholarship to study in Saudi Arabia and an all-expenses-paid pilgrimage to Mecca, Islam’s holiest city.”

Here’s a link to the article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/29/world/asia/29imam.html?_r=1

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