Critical articles are Invited for the edited volume "Muslims in Indian Cinema".

deadline for submissions: 
July 31, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Md Sarfaraj Nawab

Critical articles on the representation of Muslims/Islam in Indian films are invited from research scholars/faculty members for the upcoming volume "Muslims in Indian Cinema" to be edited by Asrin Khatun and Md Sarfaraj Nawab.

Cinema is one of the most popular mediums to connect a huge audience under the same roof. In India, folks have a secured emotion, love and dedication for movie-going. Beside entertainment, films have catered to the sense of a connectedness between people across states in India. Presentation of myriad cultures has always been an important motif in Indian cinema considering the diverse nature of lifestyles, faiths or existence of the people. And the consumption of an alien culture by a comparatively large concourse can possibly be imagined only through the silver-screen. Thus, cinema in India plays an important role in the presentation of certain culture, sect or faith. People feed on such presentations and shape their views about the subject. By keeping all these factors in mind, it is important now to address the Muslim Question in Indian cinema in such a time as this when a new and changing notion of India is on the rise. Where do we present the Muslims in the New India vis-à-vis their presence in the past? This book aspires to map and measure the identity of the Muslims as exuded in Indian cinema over the decades. It further seeks to trace the changes in the representation of Muslim identity with time. Well researched articles on movies are invited which might explore following themes/images of the Muslim –

  • The Conservative and Uneducated Muslim.
  • The Muslim Villain.
  • Muslim Police/Muslim Terrorist.
  • The Journey of Muslims from the Position of the Protagonist to the Antagonist.
  • The Violent Meat-eating Muslim.
  • The Hypersexual Muslim.
  • The Devout and the Honest Muslim.
  • Muslims in Politics.
  • Muslims in Sports.
  • Muslims and Patriotism/Muslim and Nationalism.
  • The Nationalist Muslim.
  • The Muslim Anti-national.
  • Jihad in the name of Love and the Muslims.
  • Distortion of Muslim Culture/Figures and its Presentation.
  • Islamic History and Indian Cinema

Articles, not exceeding 4000 words, are invited covering the themes which are mentioned above. There is no compulsion to strictly follow the themes mentioned. The authors can take the liberty to include fresh ideas which must be relevant with the main idea of the book. Abstracts within 200 words are be submitted before end of May, 2021 at and . Full length articles are to be sent before July 31, 2021 at both the email ids provided. The book will be published from a reputed Indian publishing house.


Editor's Bio:

Asrin Khatun is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Sagar Mahavidyalaya, South 24 Parganas.

Md Sarfaraj Nawab is a PhD Research Scholar in the Department of English, Central University of South Bihar..