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Life Without Basketball

Life Without Basketball follows Bilqis, a young woman who explores her faith and identify as a Muslim American when a controversial ruling prevents her from playing basketball.

As a record-breaking high school star and NCAA Division 1 athlete, Bilqis's life as a basketball player followed a clear path. At the end of senior year in college, she pursued her goal to play professionally, attended an invitational combine in 2014, was scouted favorably, and began contract negotiations with an agency in Switzerland. At that point she was informed that FIBA, the international governing body for the sport, had a rule banning headscarves on court.

FIBA initially explained that the rule was in place to keep the game religiously neutral. Later, FIBA cited safety concerns. The headscarf rule is currently under review and drawing criticism as the summer Olympics approach.

Hartley Update 

An official decision from FIBA is due in late summer of 2016. More on

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