Gender and Patriarchy in the Films of Muslim Nations

A Filmographic Study of 21st Century Features from Eight Countries


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About the Book

There are 49 Muslim-majority countries in the world and Islam is the world’s second largest religion. Yet many in the West are misinformed about Islam and Muslim worldviews. Issues related to gender norms are especially subject to misconceptions. This filmography analyzes gender issues in 56 feature films from Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Turkey, with a focus on religious, legal and patriarchal legitimization of practices such as female genital mutilation, child marriage, virginity testing, public sexual harassment and molestation, and honor killings.

About the Author(s)

Patricia R. Owen is a professor of psychology at St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, teaching courses in abnormal psychology, human sexuality, and cinema and psychopathology, and the author of several academic papers on cinematic portrayals of emotional disorders and gendered language in advertising.

Bibliographic Details

Patricia R. Owen

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 243
Bibliographic Info: 28 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6787-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2860-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Preface 1
Introduction 3
1. CEDAW 9
2. Afghanistan 14
3. Algeria 41
4. Bangladesh 57
5. Egypt 66
6. Iran 96
7. Iraq 161
8. Pakistan 177
9. Turkey 193
10. Summary 212
Chapter Notes 219
Bibliography 227
Index 233

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Fascinating volume…recommended…will certainly introduce readers to important themes in films that are little know in the United States”—ARBA