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The Visual Divide between Islam and the West

Image Perception within Cross-Cultural Contexts

Authors: Akil, Hatem

  • Analyzes the portrayal of Muslims and Arabs in an attempt to understand violent reactions to the representation of these groups in Western media
  • Examines why the depiction of Muslims will be perceived differently by various cultural groups
  • Relates an analysis of the depiction of Muslims and Arabs in Western media to the relationship between Islam and the West
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About this book

This book considers the ways in which Muslims view the way they are being viewed, not viewed, or incorrectly viewed, by the West. The book underscores a certain “will-to-visibility” whereby Muslims/ Arabs wish just to be “seen” and to be marked as fellow human beings.  The author relates the failure to achieve this visibility to a state of desperation that inextricably and symmetrically ties visibility to violence. When Syrian and Palestinian refugees recently started refusing to be photographed, they clearly ushered the eventual but inevitable collapse of the image and its final futility. The photograph has been completely emptied of its last remaining possibility of signification.

The book attempts to engage with questions about the ways in which images are perceived within cross cultural contexts. Why and how do people from different cultural backgrounds view the same image in opposing ways; why do cartoon, photographs, and videos become both the cause and target of bloody political violence – as witnessed recently by the deadly attacks against Charlie Hebdo in France and in the swift military response by the US, Jordan, France, and others to videotaped violence by ISIS.

About the authors

Hatem N. Akil teaches English at Seminole State College of Florida, USA. His work has been published in Theatre Life Journal and Cinema Life Journal. He was the founder of the Arab American IPTV, Mahjar TV, and Baraka World Music Series. Akil currently serves on the executive committee of the Global Arab/Arab American division of the Modern Language Association.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook 76,99 €
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Hardcover 88,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-56964-6
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Visual Divide between Islam and the West
Book Subtitle
Image Perception within Cross-Cultural Contexts
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-56582-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-56582-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56964-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 232
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
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