First, I noticed an article about Muslim teenagers using technology to connect with one another. The next day, it was a headline about punk-rocker Muslims. The day after that, an article about young Muslim women choosing to wear the hijab. What was going on? The CNN.com main website was suddenly carrying a series of positive, insightful, human-interest stories about young Muslims.
A closer look reveals that CNN is indeed promoting, front and center on the CNN.com website's main page, a series of special reports entitled "Generation Islam." Led by Christiane Amanpour, CNN's reporting team has traveled the Muslim world to see life from a teenager's point of view. The results are interesting and at times, unusual. Who knew that a 2003 novel sparked a small "Muslim punk scene" in the U.S.? Or that a young Muslim woman would face resentment from her own mother about her decision to wear the hijab? This series gives insight into a wide range of Muslim youth experience.
Christiane Amanpour's 2-hour special report will air on CNN tonight (Thursday, 13 August) at 9pm EST. CNN International viewers can watch Generation Islam on Friday at 21:00 CET.