The Obeidi-Alsultany Test

Read the full article by Sue Obeidi and Evelyn Alsultany here

The Obeidi-Alsultany Test was inspired by other tests, such as the Bechdel Test to measure representations of women on screen, the DuVernay Test to evaluate racial diversity, the Russo Test to assess LGBTQ+ representations, and the Riz Test to appraise representations of Muslims. Rather than highlighting common stereotypes, it acknowledges an unprecedented expansion in representations of Muslims while also recognizing that these efforts often fall short through avoidable mistakes or incomplete changes. Therefore, the test seeks to support Hollywood in its efforts to improve representations of Muslims in the era of diversity.

“‘We Are Lady Parts’ Is “the Muslim Representation We Have Been Waiting For” (Guest Column)” by Sue Obeidi and Evelyn Alsultany, The Hollywood Reporter, June 14, 2021

Professor Alsultany and Sue Obeidi spoke with Neda Manzoor, the writer, creator, and director of Peacock’s original, “We Are Lady Parts,”  about the Obeidi-Alsultany Test, Muslim Public Affairs Council with NBCUniversal, June 28, 2021.
Professor Alsultany moderated the panel “Inclusion, Representations, and Making Progress with NBC’s Medical Drama  ‘Transplant'” for the Muslim Public Affairs Council with NBC and ATX, October 26, 2020.