Cinema in Muslim Societies
Fig. 1. Cinema in Muslim Societies. Courtesy of Routledge, 2015.

Routledge published a book titled "Cinema in Muslim Societies" edited by Ali Nobil Ahmad.

Publication Data

Ahmad, Ali Nobil (Ed.). Cinema in Muslim Societies. Routledge, 2015. ISBN: 9781138934528.


This book collates a comprehensive range of fascinating essays by leading authors on film from across the Muslim world. Responding to political and theoretical misconceptions about Islam and Muslim culture, it covers North African, Arab and Asian cinemas in a rich series of industry histories, single film studies and detailed analyses of celebrated directors. Cinema in Muslim Societies is innovative and timely in its explicit engagement with vexing questions of Islamic aesthetics, political activism, socialism and the role of women in Muslim contexts.

The authors explore a wide variety of topics, from cinematic art and poetry to religious identity and pornography. Debated extensively at a programme of public talks and screenings at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in 2011, this volume remains supremely relevant in a world of polarising identities and political violence engulfing Muslim societies and the West.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Is There a Muslim World?
2. Paradise Delayed: With Hany Abu-Assad in Palestine
3. Two Theses on the Afghan Woman: Samira and Hana Makhmalbaf Filming Agheleh Farahmand
4. From Resistance and Bearing Witness to the Power of the Fantastical: Icons and Symbols in Palestinian Poetry and Cinema
5. Between Socialism and Sufism: Islam in the Films of Ousmane Sembène and Djibril Diop Mambéty
6. The Poetic Vision of Nacer Khemir
7. ‘Framed Patterns of Infinity’: Takva, a Mortal Individual’s Fight for Becoming-Imperceptible
8. Women in Turkish Cinema: Their Presence and Absence as Images and as Image-Makers
9. Innovation and Tradition in Indonesian Cinema
10. I am Crazy about the Lord: The Muslim Devotional Genre in Hindi Film
11. Cut-Pieces as Stag Film: Bangladeshi Pornography in Action Cinema
12. From Zinda Laash to Zibahkhana: Violence and Horror in Pakistani Cinema

About the Author

Ali Nobil Ahmad is a Fellow at the Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin, Germany, and Assistant Professor at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan. He is a former editorial board member of the journal Third Text. In 2011, he co-curated Winds of Change, a programme of film screenings and talks about cinema and the Arab Spring at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, UK.

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