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The images of Islam. Young Muslims in European cinema after 1989

Adam Domalewski

Abstract

In my thesis, which is methodologically situated within the cultural studies of film and religion, I present the ways of portraying Islam in European cinema after 1989. The initial argument is that in studied films young characters of Muslim origin are the basic instance generating conflicts that results from the collision of the religious tradition of Islam with Western secular postmodernity. The respective chapters display recurring themes and motives, reveal plot patterns and present narrative conventions through which European cinema problematizes the presence of Muslim minorities in Europe. Among discussed issues there are: arranged and forced marriages, oppression of Muslim women, religious radicalization and jihadism, a vision of multicultural communities outlined in migration comedies, and ‘mythical realism’ of selected Turkish German movies. I prove that the images of Islam in the European cinema are dominated by the unsymmetrical Western perspective and associated with the primacy of such values as: liberalism, tolerance, individualism, progress, and secularism. Simultaneously, I develop thesis that, although European films about Muslim minorities are trying to disarm the fears of Islam present in public space, paradoxically, they still use and exploit Islamophobic stereotypes and phantasms.
Record ID
UAMa089156cbd60432b927096a816767cfe
Diploma type
Doctor of Philosophy
Author
Title in Polish
Obrazy islamu. Młodzi muzułmanie w kinie europejskim po roku 1989
Title in English
The images of Islam. Young Muslims in European cinema after 1989
Language
pol (pl) Polish
Certifying Unit
Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology (SNoJiL/WFPiK/FoPaCP)
Discipline
arts / (humanities) / (humanities)
Scientific discipline (2.0)
1.7 arts studies
Status
Finished
Year of creation
2018
Defense Date
24-09-2018
Title date
26-09-2018
Supervisor
URL
http://hdl.handle.net/10593/23736 Opening in a new tab
Keywords in English
Motion pictures – Europe, Cinema – 1990, Religion in motion pictures, Characters and characteristics in motion pictures, Islam and culture
Abstract in English
In my thesis, which is methodologically situated within the cultural studies of film and religion, I present the ways of portraying Islam in European cinema after 1989. The initial argument is that in studied films young characters of Muslim origin are the basic instance generating conflicts that results from the collision of the religious tradition of Islam with Western secular postmodernity. The respective chapters display recurring themes and motives, reveal plot patterns and present narrative conventions through which European cinema problematizes the presence of Muslim minorities in Europe. Among discussed issues there are: arranged and forced marriages, oppression of Muslim women, religious radicalization and jihadism, a vision of multicultural communities outlined in migration comedies, and ‘mythical realism’ of selected Turkish German movies. I prove that the images of Islam in the European cinema are dominated by the unsymmetrical Western perspective and associated with the primacy of such values as: liberalism, tolerance, individualism, progress, and secularism. Simultaneously, I develop thesis that, although European films about Muslim minorities are trying to disarm the fears of Islam present in public space, paradoxically, they still use and exploit Islamophobic stereotypes and phantasms.

Uniform Resource Identifier
https://researchportal.amu.edu.pl/info/phd/UAMa089156cbd60432b927096a816767cfe/
URN
urn:amu-prod:UAMa089156cbd60432b927096a816767cfe

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