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Pious protagonists: Using the screen to expand images of Muslim faith beyond the dichotomy of "good" and "bad"
Dalarna University, School of Culture and Society, Religious Studies. (Humanioraseminariet)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7883-3251
2023 (English)In: Media kultura komunikacja spolecna, ISSN 1734-3801, no 19, p. 9-22Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyzes how movies have been reproducing a pejorative and stereotypical storytelling regarding Muslims and Arabs for more than a century, mainly along a narrow-minded dichotomy between “bad” fanatic religious extremists or “good” non-religious secularized Muslims. The aim has moreover been to explore alternative storytelling combined with applying a model to discuss emotional engagement among movie goers. The conclusion is that mainstream movie culture is still indebted to stereotypical images of Islam/Muslims. But things are changing. More nuanced storytelling has been taking place lately, giving room for a broader spectrum of Muslim religious identity positions, including examples of religious wisdom and spiritual integrity, offering the audience imagery beyond the stereotypical “good” and “bad” dichotomy. Looking outside Hollywood and European mainstream films, new voices are heard, making way for a larger spectrum of positions.

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Olsztyn, Poland: Instytut Dziennikarstwa i Komunikacji Społecznej, Uniwersytet Warmińsko-Mazurski w Olsztynie , 2023. no 19, p. 9-22
Keywords [en]
Religion, Muslims, film, Islamophobia, thick viewing, cultural change
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Religious Studies
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Intercultural Studies, Religion, Spirituality, and World View
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-43210DOI: 10.31648/mkks.8325OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-43210DiVA, id: diva2:1711278
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Interkulturella diskurser i fiktion (IDIF)
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Dalarna University, 2579Available from: 2022-11-16 Created: 2022-11-16 Last updated: 2023-11-21Bibliographically approved

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