I recently reviewed Kyle Conway, Little Mosque on the Prairie and the Paradoxes of Cultural Translation (University of Toronto Press, 2017) for the AAR’s Reading Religion.
Here is a sneak peak:
Altogether, Conway provides a great deal for the scholar of religion. His detailed focus on modes of production, distribution, and consumption serve as an effective model for future studies of religion and media. His rich theorization of the subversive function of comedy, the restrictive limits of genre, translational processes, and the construction of mediated identities can certainly be applied in other contexts. The inclusion of the shifting perspectives of creatives and producers obtained through personal interviews will also be valuable to those interested in how interpretations of “religion” inform media-makers. For those who want to understand the diversity of Muslims in North America, this offers a Canadian perspective that is often left out of the equation. Finally, we should certainly add Little Mosque on the Prairie and the Paradoxes of Cultural Translation to the list of key works on Muslims in media, television, and cinema.
If you are interested you can access the full review here.