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The Light in Her Eyes

Houda al-Habash, a conservative Muslim preacher, founded a Qur’an school for girls in Damascus 30 years ago. Using Islam as a catalyst for change, Houda al-Habash encourages women and girls to challenge tradition and pursue higher education and jobs. The story of one summer at Houda's Qur’an school in Damascus, Syria reveals how she has transformed her mosque into the center of an inspiring social network, and why women are practicing Islam in a rapidly changing world.

Shot right before the uprising in Syria erupted, THE LIGHT IN HER EYES offers an extraordinary portrait of a leader who challenges the women of her community to live according to Islam, without giving up their dreams.