Muslims in Film and Muslim Filmmaking in the United States

  • Author(s): Hussein Rashid
  • When: 2014-12
  • Where: The Oxford Handbook of American Islam
  • This article looks at the American film industry and its relationship to Muslims. It looks at the way films define Muslims, the ways in which Muslims use film to define themselves, the impact of Muslims in the film industry, and ultimately the way film is used to establish Muslims in the American national narrative. Because of the nature of the entertainment industry, reference is also made to television shows as bellwethers for filmic themes. Like all cultural production, film exists in a dialogic continuum, with meanings constantly in flux, so that for Muslims, belonging in America cannot be clearly defined. However, through participation, a narrative can be constructed that enables the integration of Muslims into the American story.

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