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Amsha Bashir (2373)

Amsha Bashir (2373)
Gender: Female
Species: Human
Status: Active (2373)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse(s): Richard Bashir
Children: Julian Bashir
Played by: Fadwa El Guindi

Amsha Bashir was the wife of Richard Bashir and mother of Julian Bashir.

In 2348, Julian (or "Jules") was having problems in school, not learning as quickly as the other kids. She and her husband decided to go to Adigeon Prime to have their son genetically enhanced. He then quickly began catching up, and surpassing the other students.

In 2351, she and her family lived on Invernia II. (DS9: "Melora")

In 2373, when Doctor Lewis Zimmerman was modeling the Long-term Medical Holographic program (LMH) after Doctor Bashir, he invited Amsha and Richard to Deep Space 9. Their first visit there, they were eager to meet Julian's friends and tell stories of his childhood.

Soon, they had to fill out questionnaires, and be interviewed for the personality program of the LMH program. Afterward, they mistook the LMH program for the real Julian Bashir, and told it about Julian's genetic enhancement. O'Brien and Zimmerman were monitoring the program and Zimmerman then reported the breach of conduct to Starfleet Command, who threatened to discharge Julian from Starfleet. Richard and Amsha agreed to accept a compromise, that Richard would spend two years in a minimum security penal colony in New Zealand, and Starfleet would allow Julian to remain in the service. (DS9: "Doctor Bashir, I Presume")

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion noted the difficulties Junie Lowry-Johnson and Ron Surma had with casting an actress to play Amsha. Alexander Siddig noted that there are few Muslim actresses in the West.
Fadwa El Guindi, the actress that played the role, was found by Surma, as she had performed community theatre. Ira Steven Behr noted that she was nervous about acting, but considered her performance to have been excellent.

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