Muslims and American Popular Culture, 1st Edition

  • Editor: Iraj Omidvar, Anne R. Richards
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  • ISBN-10: 0313379637
  • ISBN-13: 9780313379635
  • DDC: 305.6
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 880 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released April 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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Unfortunately, American mass media representations of Muslims-whether in news or entertainment-are typically negative and one-dimensional. As a result, Muslims are frequently viewed negatively by those with minimal knowledge of Islam in America. This accessible two-volume work will help readers to construct an accurate framework for understanding the presence and depictions of Muslims in American society. These volumes discuss a uniquely broad array of key topics in American popular culture, including jihad and jihadis; the hejab, veil, and burka; Islamophobia; Oriental despots; Arabs; Muslims in the media; and mosque burnings. Muslims and American Popular Culture offers more than 40 chapters that serve to debunk the overwhelmingly negative associations of Islam in American popular culture and illustrate the tremendous contributions of Muslims to the United States across an extended historical period.



  • Iraj Omidvar
  • Anne R. Richards

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Introduction: Islam in America: A Look at Popular Culture.
1: Comedy and Theater.
2: “There's Nothing Funny about Your People”: Muslim-American Humor in the Post-9/11 World.
3: The Struggle for Transcendence: Iraqi Muslim Women in Heather Raffo's 9 Parts of Desire.
4: Television.
5: Gender Roles and Marriage in Muslim-American Reality TV.
6: Remapping Terrorism Stereotypes in Battlestar Galactica.
7: The Big Conceal: Representations of Hijab in Little Mosque on the Prairie.
8: Little Mosque on the Prairie: Religious Education on the Airwaves.
9: Film.
10: The Race Is On: Muslims and Arabs in the American Imagination.
11: The Message: From Radical Terror to “Old But Good”.
12: Marked Off: Hollywood's Untold Story of Arabs, Muslims, and Camels.
13: Beyond Muezzins and Mujahideen: Middle-Eastern Voices in Post-9/11 Hollywood Movies.
14: Popular Fiction and Poetry.
15: Normalizing Islam: Representations of Good and Bad Muslims in Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner.
16: Muslim Stereotypes in John Updike's Terrorist.
17: What Can a Pakistani-American Novel Tell Us about America's “Terrorist Threat from Within”?.
18: The Enduring Allure of Rumi and Sufism in American Literature.
19: Thoroughly Muslim Mystic: Rewriting Rumi in America.
20: Sufis and Converts: American Muslim Visions of Islam.
21: Fantasy, Comics, and Digital Culture.
22: The Influence of Muslims and Islam in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Comics.
23: Frank Miller's 300, before and after 9/11.
24: Music.
25: Sonic Bridges: The Rise of American-Muslim Music.
26: Cut from the Same Cloth: American and Palestinian Hip Hop.
27: Muslim Filipino Traditions in Filipino American Popular Culture.
Volume 1 Index.
About the Editors and Contributors.
Title Page.
1: Black Muslims, Black Power, and the Nation of Islam.
2: “Muhammad's Land”: Ideology, Identity, and Cultural Production in the Nation of Islam.
3: The Influence of Malcolm X and Islam on Black Identity and Naming Practices in American Culture.
4: Influences of Malcolm X on Sports, Music, and the Global Muslim Community.
5: Journalism and Digital Culture.
6: A Century of Ignorance: The Influence of British Attitudes on U.S. Popular Perceptions of War in Afghanistan (1880s–1980s).
7: American Heroes and Iranian Villains in “Straightforward” American News Reports.
8: Reading the Qur'an in College:The Chapel Hill Tempest.
9: “Good Muslim/Bad Muslim”:Media Coverage of the Fort Hood Shooting and American Muslims in the War on Terror.
10: Covered: Representations of Muslim Women in Azizah Magazine.
11: American Muslims in Cyberspace.
12: Trans/National Trends and Issues.
13: Shifts in Evangelical Attitudes toward American Muslims after 9/11.
14: The New Nativism and Muslim and Latino Immigration.
15: Latinos and Islamic Conversion in the United States.
16: “Iranian, Go Home!” Adversity and Solidarity in the Iranian Diaspora in America.
17: Who Are Iranians Anyway? The Enduring Problems of Visual Representation.
18: American Muslims and the Struggle for Agency and Representation.
19: American Muslims and the Use of Cultural Diplomacy.
20: Mosques and Islamic-Influenced Architecture.
21: Fantasy, Faith, and Fraternity: American Architecture of Moorish Inspiration.
22: Mosques in Minnesota.
23: Tennessee Burning: Islamophobia's Role in the Opposition to Mosques and Muslims in Post-9/11 America.
24: Memoirs.
25: American Popular Culture in Egypt: Transnational Reflections.
26: Lord, Make Me Not Oblivious: Things I Want My Daughters to Know.
Volume 2 Index.
About the Editors and Contributors.
Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.