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Muslims in the Western Imagination

Sophia Rose Arjana


This book argues that fictive Muslim characters, and in particular male Muslim monsters, have contributed to the Western construction of knowledge about Islam. The belief in monsters has its origins in anxieties about race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender. The book examines how Christians, then Europeans, and later Americans have formulated an idea about Muslims that is situated in these concerns. Male Muslim monsters are examined within distinct historical periods—the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, early modernity, the age of colonialism, and post-9/11 America. In addition to introducing the ... More

Keywords: Islam, Muslims, monsters, medieval, Renaissance, Gothic, colonialism, archive, post-9/11

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199324927
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199324927.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sophia Rose Arjana, author
Iliff School of Theology