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 (ILEX Foundation & Harvard University Press)

This edited collection brings together scholarship that focuses on a broad definitional articulation of Islam in world cinematic cultures.To be published in the Mizan Series published with ILEX Foundation and Harvard University Press.

New Approaches to Islam in Film, Editor (Routledge)

This set of interdisciplinary essays returns to issues of identity, cultural production, and representation in the depiction of Islam and Muslims on screen, through new sources, theories, and methods. To be published in the series Routledge Studies in Religion and Film.