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Description - Women, Islam, and Cinema by Gonul Donmez-Colin

This is the first book to examine the troubled relationships between women, Islam and cinema. Film critic and author Gonul Donmez-Colin explores the role of women as spectators, images and image constructors in the cinemas of the countries where Islam is the predominant religion, focusing on Iran and Turkey from the Middle East, drawing parallels from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, the two Central Asian Republics of the former Soviet Union, and Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Indonesia, the prominently Muslim Asian countries with a challenging film industry. Some of the relevant films made in India by and for Muslim Indians are also explored. The author discusses cinematic archetypes such as the naive country girl who is deceived and dishonoured, or the devious seductress who destroys the sanctity of marriage, as well as looking at controversial elements such as screen rape, which, feminist film critics claim, caters to male voyeurism. She also discusses recurring themes, such as the myths of femininity, the endorsement of polygamy and the obsession with male children, as well as the most common stereotypes, depicting women as mothers, wives and daughters. Given the diversity of cultures, rather than viewing national cinemas as aspects of a single development, the author focuses on individual histories, traditions and social and economic circumstances as points of reference, which are examined in the context of social and political evolution and the status of women within Islam. Women, Islam and Cinema is a much-needed and timely work that will appeal to the curious reader as well as to the student of film.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781861892201
ISBN-10: 1861892209
Format: Paperback
(170mm x 120mm x mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 24-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Gonul Donmez-Colin

Gonul Donmez-Colin is a film scholar specializing in the cinemas of the Middle East and Central Asia. Among her recent books are Turkish Cinema (Reaktion Books, 2008), Cinemas of the Other: A Personal Journey with Filmmakers from the Middle East and Central Asia (2006) and The Cinema of North Africa and the Middle East (ed.) (2007).

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Routledge Dictionary of Turkish Cinema by Gonul Donmez-Colin
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