Islam in Film

Current Projects

The Cinematic Lives of Muslims

This project explores depictions of Muslims and Islam and their ideological function in Western cinema, as well as, how Muslim identities and the tradition is imagined and represented in Muslim majority cinematic cultures. The first section of the book outlines the dominant features in Muslim representation in western cinema (French, British, and American). These depictions are placed within the particular social historical circumstances and the changing political landscapes of each nation as they shift over the century. Section two explores how transnational Muslim filmmakers working in French, British, and American media contexts disrupt these patterns. The final segment of the book outlines how cinematic cultures are constructed and defined in Muslim majority contexts, including national cinemas in Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Nigeria, India, Israel, and Indonesia.

Muslims in the Movies: A Global Anthology, Editor

Through critical theoretical approaches, the essays in this collection examine how Islam, as variously defined, pervades the global history of classical and modern cinema. Altogether, we explore issues of identity, cultural production, and representation though the depiction of Islam and Muslims on screen and how audiences respond to these portrayals. The interdisciplinary collection provides a global examination of the multiple roles Islam plays in film. To be published in the Mizan Series published with ILEX Foundation and Harvard University Press.