Reel Bad Arabs
by Shaheen, Jack G.
A GROUNDBREAKING BOOK THAT DISSECTS A SLANDEROUS HISTORY DATING FROM CINEMA’S EARLIEST FILMS TO CONTEMPORARY HOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTERS
“A first-class book about harmful stereotypes…significant, comprehensive and engaging.” – Tony Shalhoub, actor
“Rippling with smart insights, this book should be read by everyone who agrees that knowledge is society’s greatest tool in battling all kinds of stereotypes.” – Howard Rosenberg, Los Angeles Times TV critic
“Shaheen has written a meticulous, passionate, and very articulate description of the persistent and prolonged vilification of Arab peoples in mainstream Western movies…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.” – Library Journal
In this comprehensive study of over one thousand films, award-winning film authority Jack G. Shaheen documents the tendency to portray Muslim Arabs as Public Enemy #1 – brutal, heartless, uncivilized “Others” bent on terrorizing civilized Westerners. He examines how and why such stereotype has grown and spread in the film industry and what should be done to change Hollywood’s defamation of Arabs.
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 Guilty: Hollywood’s Verdict on Arabs after 9/11, Arab and Muslim Stereotyping in American Popular Culture, Nuclear War Films, and the award-winning TV Arab.