Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People

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Olive Branch Press, Jan 1, 2001 - Performing Arts - 574 pages
In this comprehensive study of nearly one thousand films, Shaheen documents the tendency to portray Muslim Arabs as Public Enemy #1-brutal, heartless, uncivilized Others bent on terrorizing civilized Westerners. Shaheen examines how and why such a stereotype has grown and spread in the film industry and what may be done to change Hollywood's defamation of Arabs.

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Shaheen (mass communication, Southern Illinois Univ.; Arab and Muslim Stereotypes in American Popular Culture) has written a meticulous, passionate, and very articulate description of the persistent ... Read full review



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Jack G. Shaheen is Professor of Mass Communications at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

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