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History of U.S.-Muslim Relations: "The Other" in American Popular Culture

Finding Films

Want to know if the Rutgers Libraries own a particular film?

Select Advanced Search from the Library Catalog. Enter the title into the "TITLE" search box, and select Visual Materials from the format pull-down menu.

Videos/DVDs owned by the Dana Library are available for viewing in the Media Center on the 4th floor of Dana Library.

Videos that are only available from the Media Center in New Brunswick must be booked BY FACULTY for class viewing. All other users must view materials on-site at the Media Center in the Douglass Library. Advance reservations for viewing rooms are recommended. Undergraduate students may make reservations no earlier than 24 hours in advance. To make a reservation, call 732-932-978.

"The Other" in American Popular Culture


Edward Said on Orientalism
Video. Said discusses the ideas behind his classic 1978 work.


Arabs in Film and Television: A Bibliography of Materials in the UC Berkeley Library
Annotated bibliography.

Finding Other Books and Articles

MLA International Bibliography
1926- . The most comprehensive index to journal articles, books, dissertations, and other materials relating to literature, folkore, and film studes. Indexes more than 4400 journals.
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access
    Searches that you may find useful in MLA include:
    • treatment of arabs
    • treatment of moslems
    • treatment of middle east
Film Literature Index
Index to scholarly and popular film and television periodicals worldwide from 1976 to 2001. Search or browse citations.

Some Books Owned by the Rutgers Libraries

Cruel and Unusual: Negative Images of Arabs in American Popular Culture
Laurence Michalak. 3rd edition. Washington, DC: American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) Research Institute, 1988. ERIC ED 363 532.
While Michalak touches on the treatment of Arabs in other venues (songs, jokes, television, political cartoons and comics), the main focus is on depiction in films.
Visions of the East: Orientalism in Film
Edited by Matthew Bernstein and Gaylyn Studlar. New Brunswick, N.J., Rutgers University Press, 1997.
Dana Call Number: PN1995.9 .E95V57 1997
The TV Arab
Jack G. Shaheen. Bowling Green, Ohio, Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1984.
Alexander, Douglass, Carr: PN1992.8 .A754 1984
Crossing Over: A Cultural History of American Engagement With the Muslim World, 1830-1940
Susan Nance. Thesis (Ph.D.), University of California, Berkeley, 2003. 2 vols.
Art Library: E169.1 .N36 2003a


The Movies, Race, and Ethnicity: Images of Arabs and the Middle East
Annotated filmography from the Media Resources Center, UC Berkeley. For some films includes selected reviews and articles.

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