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American Muslim Culture


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How American films portray Muslims. A sample of advanced ESL student work on a project for a class "American Culture through Film."

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American Muslim Culture

  1. 1. Muslim American Culture Prepared by Eman, Ghassan, Mica, Yasu AES 251
  2. 2. What image do you want to be associated with?
  3. 3. How do Americans Perceive Muslims? CAIR SURVEY: 2005
  4. 4. Islam is not… <ul><ul><li>An Eastern religion. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An Arabic religion. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A “black” religion. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What is Islam? <ul><li>The religion of approximately one billion people worldwide, Islam is the second largest religion in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Islam&quot; is an Arabic language word that means &quot;peace&quot; or &quot;submission&quot; - specifically, submission to the will of God. </li></ul><ul><li>The Arabic word &quot;Muslim&quot; means &quot;one who submits&quot; - a Muslim is a follower of Islam. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Considered to be the holist site in Islam The name of the Islamic holy book Literally place for prostration, the Arabian word for mosque The Arabian word for &quot;curtain / cover&quot; Ka’aba Quran Masjid Hijab Hijab Hijab Hijab Quran Hijab The name of the Islamic holy book Quran Hijab Important Terms
  7. 7. Current American Muslims
  8. 8. 76.6% 1.3% 0.5% 21.7% Muslims in Americans Population
  9. 9. American Muslims from Various Places
  10. 10. Age % American Muslims are Younger
  11. 11. % American Muslims are Well-Educated
  12. 12. American Average Annual Income % $42,158 American Muslims are Richer
  13. 13. American Muslim’s Job
  14. 14. How Does Hollywood Portray Islam? <ul><li>Image makers =Hollywood </li></ul><ul><li>Structural image </li></ul><ul><li>The myth of Arab land </li></ul>
  15. 15. Islamic Countries <ul><ul><li>Desert? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Palm trees? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Magic Carpets? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Arabian Nights? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aladdin? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Camel? </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Male <ul><ul><li>Bombers? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keffiyehs? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flowing robes? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sunglasses? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scimitars? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limousines? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On the Camels? </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. House of Sand and Fog (2003)
  18. 18. Female <ul><ul><li>Belly dancers? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Veils? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mysterious? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Victims of male oppression? </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Aladdin (1) <ul><ul><li>Sexualized belly-dancer ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Even Princess Jasmine is sexualized in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>similar terms ? </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Aladdin (2) <ul><li>A menacing palace guard. </li></ul><ul><li>A hateful Arab merchant swinging a sword. </li></ul>hooked nose heavy brow thick lips missing teeth
  21. 21. After 9/11 <ul><ul><li>Producer of mass destruction weapons, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Global threat, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Terrorists, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An extremist religion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suicide bombers </li></ul></ul>Muslims as Terrorists in Hollywood movies
  22. 22. Reel Bad Arabs (2007)
  23. 23. Messages from Movies
  24. 24. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  25. 25. The Siege (1998)
  26. 26. House of Sand and Fog (2003)
  27. 27. American East (2007)
  28. 28. Conclusion
  29. 29. References <ul><li>Allied Media Corporation.(2007).American Muslims Demographic Facts. Alexandria. Retrieved Apr 30, 2009, from </li></ul><ul><li>American Factfinder. (2008). Population Data: 2009. Retrieved May 1, 2009, from U.S. Census Bureau database . </li></ul><ul><li>Blauvelt, C. (n.d.). Aladdin, Al-Qaeda, and Arabs in U.S. film and TV. Retrieved May 3, 2009, </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Hanania, R. (January 26, 2009). American East: Movie review-a powerful portrayal of Arab Americans after Sept. 11. Arab Writers Group Syndicate . Retrieved April 27, 2009, from, </li></ul><ul><li>Islam in the United States. (no date). Retrieved April 27, 2009, from </li></ul><ul><li>Robinson, B.A.(2007). Religious identification in the U.S: How American adults view themselves. Retrieved May 1, 2009, from </li></ul><ul><li>Shaheen, J. (n.d.). Retrieved April 29, 2009, </li></ul><ul><li>Shulman, L. E. (September 13, 2006). What is Islam? Retrieved April 28, 2009, from, </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Ward, L. (January 25, 2007). From Aladdin to lost ark, Muslims get angry at ‘bad guy’ film images. The Guardian . Retrieved April 28, 2009, from </li></ul>