How Do Hollywood Movies Portray Muslims and Arabs after 9/11? “Content Analysis of The Kingdom and Rendition Movies”

Noura Alalawi


This research paper is basically a content analyses paper of two Hollywood Movies (The Kingdom and Rendition). Both movies were released on 2007 after 9/11 attacks and that is because the paper focusing on the era after 9/11. It consists of two parts: The literature review part where the author looked into numerous articles and studies that aim at explaining the situation on how Hollywood films depicted the Muslim community after the September 11th attack. In addition, the author looked at different articles and books that studied the history of Muslims and Arabs depiction in the Western media in general and Hollywood movies specifically to find out how theses portrayals and stereotypes have changed after 9/11 attacks. The second part involves the analysis of both movies to find out how Hollywood portrays Arabs and Muslims after 9/11. I analyzed and criticized most of the movies’ scenes with regard to the language they used, the places where the scenes of both movies took place and other minor details such as how the directors narrated and articulated different events and scenes with different Islamic symbols.


September 11th; Hollywood movies; Depiction in Western; Muslims and Arabs

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