Representations: Film: Europe
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The depiction of Muslim women in European films brings together a variety of perspectives on the complex and multi-layered identities and perceptions of first- and second/third-generation immigrant women with Muslim family backgrounds residing in Western Europe as well as images of women living in Muslim communities and countries within or bordering Europe, such as Bosnia-Herzegovina and Turkey.

Over the last two decades, many European films portraying Muslim women have critically employed and also undermined and rewritten traditional Orientalist and …

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Ballata, Sabine, “Representations: Film: Europe”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 16 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2009

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