The angry, but inept, terrorist. The bumbling Sheikh. The sultry belly dancer. The ‘Good’ Muslim vs. the ‘Bad’ Muslim.
These are just a few of the tropes about Muslims that have dominated American film and television screens for more than a century. Too often, these negative and false ideas give fuel to anti-Muslim public sentiment and punitive public policies.
Yet, there is hope. In the last few years, more authentic and nuanced stories reflecting the diversity and complexity of Muslim communities have started to emerge from Hollywood.
Read about all of this, and more, in Haqq and Hollywood: Illuminating 100 years of Muslim Tropes And How to Transform Them, a groundbreaking new report by Pop Culture Collaborative Senior Fellow Dr. Maytha Alhassen.