Arabs and Muslims in the Media: Race and Representation After 9/11


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New York University Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.5 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Evelyn Alsultany is Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California's Dornsife College and author of Arabs and Muslims in the Media: Race and Representation after 9/11. She is the co-editor of Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, and Belonging and Between the Middle East and the Americas: The Cultural Politics of Diaspora. As a leading expert on the history of representations of Arabs and Muslims in the US media, she co-authored the Obeidi-Alsultany Test to help Hollywood improve representations of Muslims and serves as a consultant for Hollywood studios.


"[A]s a critical account of the ways in which racialized minorities are represented in the Western media in contemporary times, Arabs and Muslims in the Media: Race and Representation after 9/11is a further valuable contribution to the field. In particular, it provides a vital critique of what appear as 'positive' and progressive representations and the actual 'reality' of Muslim and Arab, and South Asian experience in the United States. Alsultany has produced a detailed yet highly readable and accessible book of value to students and researchers alike, and even general readers interested in the media's implication in the War on Terror."--Anamik Saha "Popular Communication"
"A lucid and persuasive work, Asultany's book shatters the illusion of a post-race, postfeminist United States, forcing the reader to confront the role popular representations play in troubling American policies."--Gretchen Head "Women's Studies Quarterly"
"A major, skillfully constructed, must-read book . It should be required reading for all Americans who care about and seek to eradicate injurious stereotypes of the evil Cultural Other."--Jack G. Shaheen, author of Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People
"This important book makes a significant contribution to the burgeoning scholarship on the post-9/11 cultural and political history of the United States. Drawing on a rich understanding of the representations of Arabs and Muslims in the last century, Alsultany helps us to understand what has changed, and what has not, in the last ten years."--Melani McAlister, George Washington University
"While Asultany states that the issues of human rights in the post 9/11 period are of greater concern than the media's representations of them, she seems hopeful that an increase in diverse representations of Arabs and Muslims as human beings rather than simply as 'terrorists' or 'not terrorists' may help to usher in a positive cultural environment in which the human rights of American Muslims and Arabs will be given greater consideration."--Jason Archbold "Media International Australia"
"Alsultanys work provides alevel of refinement in that she argues, like Islam, media discourses cannot be treated as a homogenous entity. Instead of simply examining news media and political discourse as representative of the range of debates being held about Arabs and Muslims in America, she considers a broader selection of media. In doing so, she recognizes that discourse is not just about hard news, but also about the multiple and complex array of voices that contribute to any given debate. This is an important turn in the scholarly material on Muslims if you consider that a popular television series will gain many more viewers than a typical current affairs news programme."-- "European Political Science"
"[] Alsultanys book is of great value to those interested in contemporary cultural studies, politics, race and ethnic studies, or feminist representational analysis. It is straightforward and capable of supplying both the details and the larger principles to those interested in investigating our & postracial social movement."-- "Cinema Journal"