Actor Riz Ahmed, star of HBO's new crime series "The Night Of," shares the challenges he's faced as a Muslim actor fifteen years after the September 11th attacks in an essay featured in "The Good Immigrant," a crowdfunded book by author Nikesh Shukla.
The Guardian posted Ahmed's essay, "Typecast as a Terrorist," to its website on Thursday.
It's been shared more than 35,000 times.
"As my acting career developed, I was no longer cast as a radical Muslim," he writes.
HBO's THE NIGHT OF is brilliant entertainment. Great acting and a great story by Richard Price. You should get on board for this one.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 26, 2016
Author Stephen King praises "The Night Of."
Ahmed has gotten a lot of praise from fans, followers and the Muslim community.
Anti-Muslim sentiments are on the rise
A new report from sociologists at the University of Minnesota found that Americans say they dislike Muslims more than atheists.
The report found that in a 10-year period since a previous study, Muslims surpassed atheists as the religious or non-religious group Americans feel most at odds with.
Nearly half -- 48.9 percent of Americans -- also say they would disapprove if their child were to marry someone who is Muslim.
Writer-director Aleem Khan's tweet: "A vital and important essay."
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