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New Book: Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People

The author, noting that only Native Americans have been more relentlessly smeared on the silver screen, painstakingly makes his case that "Arab" has remained Hollywood's shameless shorthand for "bad guy," long after the movie industry has shifted its portrayal of other minority groups. In this comprehensive study of over one thousand films, arranged alphabetically in such chapters as "Villains," "Sheikhs," "Cameos," and "Cliffhangers," Shaheen documents the tendency to portray Muslim Arabs as Public Enemy #1-brutal, heartless, uncivilized Others bent on terrorizing civilized Westerners. Shaheen examines how and why such a stereotype has grown and spread in the film industry and what may be done to change Hollywood's defamation of Arabs.

Book: Religion, Media, and Social Change

The book explores the correlation between the study of religion, media, and popular culture and broader sociological theorizing on religious change. Contributions devote serious attention to broadly-defined media including technologies, institutions, and social and cultural environments, as well as mass-mediated popular culture such as film, music, television, and computer games. This interdisciplinary collection addresses important theoretical and methodological questions by connecting the study of media and popular culture to current perspectives, approaches, and discussions in the broader sociological study of religion.

Book: Media, Religion and Culture: An Introduction

The book offers a comprehensive introduction to the contemporary field of religion, media, and culture. It explores: the religious content of media texts and the reception of those texts by religious consumers who appropriate and reuse them in their own religious work; how new forms of media provide fresh locations within which new religious voices emerge, people reimagine the "task" of religion, and develop and perform religious identity.

Book: The Dynamics of Sunni-Shia Relationships: Doctrine, Transnationalism, Intellectuals and the Media

This book presents wide-ranging and up-to-date research that sheds light on the political, sociological and ideological processes that are affecting the dynamics within, as well as the relationships between, the Shia and Sunni worlds. Among the themes discussed are the ideological and doctrinal evolutions that are taking place, the contextualisation of the main protagonists’ political practices, transnational networks, and the role of intellectuals, religious scholars and the media in shaping and informing this dynamic relationship.

Conference : Young Adults and Circulation of Cultural products: Mediterranean Perspectives

Sep 10, 2014 – Sep 12, 2014
Paris
France
Université Paris 13
http://jacbc.sciencesconf.org/
Middle Eastern studies, youth, cultural studies
colloquelabsic2014@gmail.com

New Book: Lost Walls: A Calligraffiti Journey through Tunisia

Lost or forgotten were the walls that now proudly carry the messages of calligraffiti artist eL Seed. "Lost Walls", his first book, beautifully and poetically documents these walls, handpicked during his road trip around Tunisia in summer 2013. "Lost Walls" is a calligraffiti journey of discovery for eL Seed, who chronicles the painting of 24 walls in four weeks. Inspired by the reaction to his largest project to date, the minaret of the Jara mosque in his ancestral home of Gabes, eL Seed decided to set out on this month-long personal journey across his motherland, painting "lost" walls along the way. This book provides unique and rare insight into the world of calligraffiti and the Tunisian people.

New Book: Walls of Freedom: Street Art of the Egyptian Revolution

The book is a portrayal of the first three years of the Egyptian revolution that began on January 25, 2011. The story is told through striking images of art that transformed Egypt's walls into a visual testimony of bravery and resistance. Created in close collaboration with artists on the frontlines of the battle, the book documents how they converted the streets into a dynamic newspaper of the people, providing a much needed alternative to the propaganda-fueled media.

Meet Kismet, the Muslim Superhero from the 1940s

In his article Kismet Seventy Years Later: Recognizing the First Genuine Muslim Superhero published on ISLAMiCommentary A. David Lewis introduces Kismet, a superhero of Bomber Comics issued in 1944-1945. Kismet, an Algerian Muslim living in France, became a resistence fighter after the Nazi invasion. He wears a distinctive fez and has no special powers except for "the freedom given to me by Allah and the Prophet".

New Book: Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture

The book analyses the connection between music and political activism among Muslim youth around the world and looks at how hip-hop, jazz, and reggae, along with Andalusian and Gnawa music, have become a means of building community and expressing protest in the face of the West’s policies in the War on Terror. Hisham Aidi interviews musicians and activists, and reports from music festivals and concerts in the United States, Europe, North Africa, and South America, to give us an up-close sense of the identities and art forms of urban Muslim youth.
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