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REVIEWS ABOUT THE DOMESTIC CRUSADERS

 

"This play is brilliant. Moving. Shapely. Clever. Funny. And the cast is amazing!"
— Toni Morrison, Nobel Prize winning author

"The Domestic Crusaders is exactly the sort of theater we need today. The gulf that separates cultures must be bridged and Art is one of our best hopes. I'll be supporting this all the way - please join me and Wajahat in building this bridge!"
— Emma Thompson, Academy Award winning actress and screenwriter

 

 

"Wajahat Ali is a major new voice in American literature. His play is to Muslim American theater what A Raisin in the Sun is to African American theater."
— Pulitzer Prize nominated author Mitch Berman

"From the deft irony of its title to the tender pain of its ending, The Domestic Crusaders is a moving story of one Pakistani family in America. But it's more than that. By engaging us in the family's conflicts, loves, fears and secrets, the play dissolves the easy assumptions and prejudices of the post 9/11 West. Touching; funny; important.'"
BBC World, Harriett Gilbert, presenter The Word, BBC World Service.

 
 

"Domestic Crusaders" should be ranked with family dramas written by Tennessee Williams and Eugene O'Neil. [Ali] has a magnificent ear for dialogue. He's right up there with the best, in terms of family drama. ... A major new voice."
— MacArthur Genius, Pulitzer Prize nominated author Ishmael Reed

The Domestic Crusaders is fast, funny, whip-smart and both constantly surprising and deeply edifying. If you see only one irreverent, hilarious, profound, furious and big-hearted play about a Pakistani-American family living in a post-9-11 world, make it this one.” 
— Dave Eggers, Pulitzer Prize nominated author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and author of "Zeitoun"

 
 

"Wajahat Ali is writing about contemporary and essential matters, a source not only of laughter but, more importantly, of understanding."
— Booker Prize Winner of Life of Pi, Yann Matel

"In The Domestic Crusaders, we drop in on a Muslim-American family with roots in Pakistan, and we're treated to an insider's perspective on everything that's important to them. Religion. Food. Careers. Dating. How they view themselves. How they're viewed by others. Family members argue, laugh, point fingers, and come to terms with their faults, foibles and aspirations. It's a multi-generational romp through the dynamics of family relationships and post-9/11 America. The characters in Wajahat Ali's funny and biting play spare no one from their sharp barbs — including fellow Muslims. "The Domestic Crusaders" is what all high art aspires to do — spotlight complicated truths (and contradictions) without offering easy answers. Tension overlaps with comic relief. American pop culture intermingles with Pakistani traditions replanted in the United States. "The Domestic Crusaders" is a universal story about people whose dreams have carried them to a point of no return. They can't go back to their lives before 9/11. There is only now. Watching them deal with it is to be spellbound from start to finish. "
— San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Curiel

"Pakistanis either romanticize or resent the diaspora population. That's why Wajahat Ali's "Domestic Crusaders" is just the kind of artistic enterprise that the Pakistani community at large has been waiting for. It reveals the immigrant experience in all its complexity and reminds us, irrespective of whether we're here or there, that we're ultimately human."
— Dawn.Com. Huma Yusuf

“Ali’s gift for humor and cultural awareness – he has a command of many cultures that exist in America, not just Pakistani – help make the central themes in “Crusaders” understandable by all who watch it. This is one of the best things about Ali’s play – it explores themes from recent Muslim history and what we might think of as Muslim values and offers gifts from that experience to anyone who comes from a varied background.”
— Beliefnet.com, Shahed Amanullah, Award winning journalist and editor of Altmuslim.com

 

"For as a playwright, Ali's first job is to provide a satisfying experience for his public. And he does that in The Domestic Crusaders, taking his audience to the home of three generations of Pakistani-Americans making their way through an ordinary day. But Domestic Crusaders is more than just a work of entertainment. It is also Ali's response to the treatment of Muslims received in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11... it is compelling drama, and there is intergenerational conflict,  humor, prejudice, and a dark family secret.  The characters, in other words, are not paragons of virtue, which is intentional."
—Newsweek, Ellis Cose

"Domestic Crusaders is a classic American family drama, seen through a culturally specific lens.  It is an important work, both familiar and edifying, highlighting our common struggles and the themes that unite us.  Vivid characters, rich language and engaging drama should insure it an enduring place in American theater."
— Kasi Lemmons, Acclaimed Film Director of “Eve’s Bayou,” “Talk to Me,” and “Caveman’s Valentine

 

“The only play of its kind, Domestic Crusaders offers a fresh take on the family drama while demystifying that tense terrain between "us” and "them." A true theatrical breakthrough.”
— Newsweek's Lorraine Ali

"This is a beautifully accomplished and highly original work of art.  As a highly humanistic work, it will deeply touch, but also amuse, tease, entertain, challenge, uplift and at times upset and even enrage readers regardless of their faith, culture or background. I think that it is critical that every Muslim, and every person interested in spending a day with a Muslim family, read and reflect upon this play and its unforgettable characters. But I would also strongly recommend this play to every person who has ever struggled with family relations, generational gaps, culture and tradition, faith, or quite simply, questions of personal identity.”
— Khalid Abou El Fadl, author of the best-selling The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists

The Domestic Crusaders peers onto the heart of a Pakistani Muslim family finding their way in America.  It is a play at the crossroads of inheritance and discovery, with shocking secrets and penetrating insights.  Go see this play - it could change the way you see your country, your family, your faith, maybe even your path.”
— Eboo Patel, President Obama’s Advisor on Faith

"[The Domestic Crusaders] is a bitingly funny look at an immigrant Muslim family that has achieved the American dream."
—  San Jose Mercury News, Katherine Corcoran

 

"The Domestic Crusaders is powerful and provocative. An intimate and poignant look at 21st Century Immigrant Experience."
— Gary David Goldberg, Creator of Family Ties and Producer of Spin City and Brooklyn Bridge.

"I really enjoyed The Domestic Crusaders, it's a peep into the intricacies of a South Asian family so awkward they could belong to Harold Pinter. Funny, dangerous, and touching - weaving together the paranoia of a post 9/11 America, the importance of chicken biriyani, and the violence of partition and identitarian politics, it's about time we had a play like The Domestic Crusaders."
— Fatima Bhutto, Author and Journalist

 

"The next two-and-a-half hours featuring the two-act play were pure entertainment--Wajahat Ali knows the art of packing hard punches, one line after another. A wonderful bouquet of undercurrents prevalent in a typical Pakistani-American household ‘Domestic Crusaders’ touches on all spheres of Desi existence."
— Pakistan Link

“Ali’s sensitive treatment of the tensions and triumphs of the Muslim American community gives viewers a rare window into this often discussed but seldom heard member of the American mosaic.  His debut play is destined to be a social and cultural phenomena.”
— Dalia Mogahed, President Obama’s Advisor on Faith.

 

"Riveting and profoundly moving."
— Jack Shaheen, author of Guilty and Reel Bad Arabs

"Warning: This book is a recipe for hysterical laughter; May cause dizziness, shortness of breath, or stomach cramps. Use with caution. Conventional wisdom about Islam and Muslims is upended,  stereotypes are boobytrapped and preconceived ideas deflated. Wajahat Ali is proof positive that - contrary to popular perception - Muslims do have a sense of humor."
— Khalil Bendib, cartoonist and radio host

"The Domestic Crusaders pulls the audience into a special highly charged location where antic politics and deep poetics of subcontinental California culture intersect and set off a million illuminating sparks."
— Michael Wolfe, Film producer and Best Selling author of Taking Back Islam

"Wajahat Ali's The Domestic Crusaders offers a scrumptious slice of American pie, Pakistani style. Its language and thus its politics grab our sensibilities and won't let go.  How fortunate to savor this thoughtful, beautiful and provocative gift of multidimensional Muslim America."
— Nellie Wong , poet and social activist

"This play could change the history of American theater, and of America itself."
— Lawrence Swaim, In Focus Magazine

"Rich with wicked humor and political nuance, Wajahat Ali's The Domestic Crusaders is both a brilliant play and a poignant, vivid portrait of Muslim life in contemporary America. Ali's characters fill in the caricatures of the day's headlines, and his taut, suspenseful storytelling carries the reader across generations and continents."
Azadeh Moaveni, author of Lipstick Jihad and Time journalist

"The Domestic Crusaders 9/11 triggered an avalanche and left no community unscathed and untouched - least of all the Muslim community. Wajahat Ali has penned in "Domestic Crusaders" a play that through humour and candour illuminates the domestic minutiae of a Muslim family that mirrors our global instability in a sharply focussed post 9/11 United States and yet ultimately transcends the darkness triggered by it with a poignant human narrative of daily life."
— Zahid Hussein, author of The Curry Mile

"Wajahat Ali's play, The Domestic Crusaders is a remarkable examination not only of family dynamics but of family dynamics at this moment of history."
— Jack Foley, Alsop Review

"Wajahat Ali's first play, The Domestic Crusaders, is a poignant and un-censored look into a day in the life of a Pakistani American family, in which the tides of modernism and tradition rise and fall…Humorous and cleverly written, Ali's play highlights relevant concerns within the Muslim community, which, like a family, must find a way to constructively engage each other's perspectives in order to pave the way to a peaceful and pluralistic future."
— Akhbar Ahmed, the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at the American University in Washington, DC

"The Domestic Crusaders is an exceedingly witty yet penetrating portrayal of the types of intergenerational tensions that bedevil so many Muslim families in post 9/11 America. Much more than a captivating family drama, the "Domestic Crusaders" presents a microcosm of the Muslim American community, with its hopes, intellectual diversity, frustrations, doubts and until now unresolved conflicts compellingly explored"
— Dr. Jeffrey Lang, professor and author of Even Angels Ask: A Journey to Islam in America.

 
 

“Once you get past the frustrating question, "Why has it taken this long for a work like Domestic Crusaders to come to life?" you can take in the play for what it is - a timeless, but timely, work of art by a gifted dramatist who's just getting started.”
— David Guarascio, creator of “Aliens in America,” Executive Producer of “Just Shoot Me”

“We need more vivid writers and thinkers like Wajahat Ali! Begone, old stereotypes and dull categories -- Ali creates a new global universe in which boundaries blur and human beings are fascinating, unpredictable, rich with possibility -- the way they used to be, remember?”
— Naomi Shihab Nye, Award Winning Poet

“The Domestic Crusaders is that rare creation – a deeply and wholly authentic view from the inside that transcends boundaries of faith and culture to find a common humanity. Funny and poignant in equal measure, the play touches the unspoken anxieties of American Muslims and exposes them to the harsh but ultimately cleansing light of the truth. Wajahat Ali has written the play for our times and in having done so, he calls us to share in its uncomfortable but vital reality. A tour de force!”
— Ausma Khan, Editor in Chief, Muslim Girl Magazine

“This vivid insight into the private lives of a Pakistani-American family, caught between two strong cultures and hiding an array of secrets, is smart, funny, and ultimately very moving.”
— Alex von Tunzelman, Author of “Indian Summer”

 

“With humor and insight, Wajahat Ali deftly navigates the territory between two cultures and generations. Domestic Crusaders is sure to be remembered not only as a tribute to American Muslims, but as a tribute to human experience.”
— Willow Wilson, Graphic Novelist and Author

The Domestic Crusaders is must-see theater. It is a hilarious, yet starkly realistic snapshot of Pakistani-Muslim life with all its cultural clashes in post-9/11 America. Wajahat Ali is truly at his best!”
— Souhelia Al Jadda, Link TV producer

 

“If you think you know all about Muslims in a post-9/11 world, playwright Wajahat Ali's The Domestic Crusaders will set your head spinning. Crusaders is a brave, contemporary, and hilarious look at a misunderstood part of American life."
— Zahed Amanullah, Altmuslim.com

“Domestic Crusaders tells the story of a new America.  A `typical' Muslim Pakistani-American family -- in many ways as "American as apple pie" -- struggles with the American Dream, the long shadow of September 11, and the immigrant experience in a country with a longstanding love-hate relationship for immigrants. This poignant coming of age story tells of a community emerging from the shadows of American social life -- but is undoubtedly here to stay.”
— Kevin Johnson, Dean of UC Davis School of Law

 

The Domestic Crusaders is not just a great play about Pakistani-Americans; it is, quite simply, a great American play.  Ali’s themes – intergenerational strife, the battle between assimilation and fidelity to cultural heritage, and the fraying of the American dream – are as American as apple pie – or, perhaps, one should say, as American as biryani.  But the melting pot has never simmered and boiled quite like this.  With the endless war on terror in the background, Ali’s characters hover on the edge of dysfunction, bickering away with a gusto that would make George and Martha proud.  Yet through all the anger and disappointment, what shines through most is Ali’s vision of our common humanity.  This play heralds the introduction of a major new talent of the American theater, whose wise and sensitive voice will undoubtedly speak to us for decades to come.”
— Carlton Larson, Constitutional Law Professor, UC Davis School of Law