Will Hollywood ever really understand Islam? | The Stream

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Published on 22 Oct 2018, 20:02
"The angry, but inept, terrorist. The bumbling Sheikh. The sultry belly dancer. The ‘Good’ Muslim vs. the ‘Bad’ Muslim." Stereotypes such as these have dominated US popular culture for decades. And according to a new report, "Haqq and Hollywood: Illuminating 100 years of Muslim Tropes And How to Transform Them", they have fueled anti-Muslim sentiment and can even shape draconian government policies.

The authors of the report, though, say there is hope and that things are changing for the better. In recent years, more nuanced stories that better reflect the diversity and complexity of Muslim communities have emerged. Muslim filmmakers, comedians and screen writers are increasingly telling their own stories and pushing back against stereotypical and damaging narratives. Shows such as Jack Ryan, FBI and Brown Girls have won praise for more intelligent portrayals of Muslim communities.

On this episode of The Stream, we speak with:

Maytha Alhassen
Author, Haqq and Hollywood
mayalhassen.com

Azita Ghanizada, @AzitaGhanizada
Actress/Advocate
menaartsadvocacy.com

Salam Al-Marayati, @SalamAlmarayati
Executive Director, Muslim Public Affairs Council
mpachollywoodbureau.org

Aminah Bakeer Abdul-Jabbar, @aminahbakeer
Filmmaker
muslimahsguidetomarriage.com

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