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Faith in comedy: Representations of Muslim identity in British comedy

Ahmed, Abdul-Azim 2013. Faith in comedy: Representations of Muslim identity in British comedy. South Asian Popular Culture 11 (1) , pp. 91-96. 10.1080/14746689.2013.765232

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Abstract

Citizen Khan is the first BBC situation comedy to focus solely on Muslims, however it paints a picture of Muslims that supports Islamophobic narratives and stereotypes. By way of contrast, emerging British Muslim comedians have successfully managed to use stereotypes for comedic value, as well as undermining racism. By examining the themes of migrant identity, ‘Muslim’ values and constructions of femininity and the hijab in British comedies, this article argues that Citizen Khan reproduces stereotypes rather than challenges them, as other successful comedies have done and continue to do so.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1474-6689
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2019 10:40
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/61525

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