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Houda al-Habash, a conservative Muslim preacher, founded a Qur'an school for girls in Damascus, Syria, 30 years ago. Every summer, her female students immerse themselves in a rigorous study of Islam. A surprising cultural shift is underway — women are claiming space within the mosque. 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. An Official Selection of the 2011 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Produced in association with American Documentary | POV.

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Watch Video for The Light in Her Eyes
A Female Dentist in Syria
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End of Term Speech
Classroom Clip
Film Update with Enas
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Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix
Filmmaker Interview
Qur'an Recitation
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Teaching the Qur'an
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The Light in Her Eyes
Feature Film
The Right to Learn
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