"Fareed Zakaria GPS," Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN
Fareed speaks with Ayad Akhtar, who won the Pulitzer Prize this year for his debut play ‘Disgrace,’ and Aasif Mandvi, who was the lead actor in that play, about identity and Islam in the United States.
What do you think of the American Muslim experience? Do you see this pull, on the one hand, to modernize and assimilate into America, and on the other hand to stay true…?
I grew up in a very liberal Muslim home. You know, much more than like the character in the play, for example. But still, I think there’s an identification with the Muslim world, the Muslim identity in some way that it is especially after 9/11, you know, it is a question that I live with.
I'm on TV. I get to say things and stand on that fence and comment on both sides of it, you know. I'm very fortunate in that way that I get to do that. But it’s something that lives inside of me. And since September 11, I don't know how far we've come, really.