Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Villifies a People

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Countless movies have portrayed Arabs as loathsome lechers who terrorise, murder, and finally die in drovesl In Reel Bad Arabs film scholar Jack Shaheen exposes in fascinating detail this appalling side of the Hollywood 'dream' machine. This stupendous study dissects this slanderous history dating from cinema's earliest days to contemporary Hollywood blockbusters that feature Bedouin bandits, sinister sheikhs, machine-gun wielding and bomb-blowing "evil" Arabs. He 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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Jack G. Shaheen, a former CBS News consultant on Middle East affairs, is the world's foremost authority on media images of Arabs and Muslims. He is the author of Arab and Muslim Stereotyping in American Popular Culture, Nuclear War Films, and the award-winning The TV Arab.

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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 and prolonged vilification of Arab peoples in mainstream Western movies. Offering primarily reviews of the 900 films he has seen or researched over 20 years, he documents a century of offensive stereotypes and shows how the image of the "dirty Arab" has reemerged over the last 30 years, even as other groups have more or less successfully fought to eliminate the use of racist stereotypes. The appendixes include lists of the best and worst depictions of Arabs in popular films, alternate titles, a list of epithets thrown at Arabs in films, and a list of the fictional locations used in films. Although the work is aimed at a college-level audience, the clear writing and lack of jargon make it accessible to a much wider readership. Highly recommended for academic and large public libraries, as well as for other libraries with collections dealing with racism or Arab culture. [For more on Islamic culture, see "A Misundersood Faith," p. 82-83. Ed.] Andrea Slonosky, Long Island Univ., Brooklyn, N.
- Andrea Slonosky, Long Island Univ., Brooklyn, NY
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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