Go with Peace Jamil – Affirmation and Challenge of the Image of the Muslim Man

  • Author(s): Sofia Sjo
  • When: 2013-10
  • Where: Journal of Religion & Film
  • Lately, several studies have looked at how Muslims are represented in film. This article takes a Scandinavian perspective on the topic and presents an analysis of masculinity and Islam in the Danish action drama Go with Peace Jamil. First an introduction to Islam in film in the western world in general and in Scandinavia in particular is presented, after which Go with Peace Jamil is discussed as a film that affirms some of the problematic images of Muslim men in film, but also challenges these images. As in so many other western films, Muslim men in Go with Peace Jamil come across as violent and aggressive, but in this film, in contrast to many Hollywood productions, we are introduced to many kinds of Muslims and varying ideas of Muslim masculinity.

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