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Change of pace? Islam and tradition in popular Indian cinema
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Change of pace? Islam and tradition in popular Indian cinema

Author: Faiza Hirji
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Edition/Format: Article Article : EN
Publication:South Asian Popular Culture, 6, no. 1 (2008): 57-69
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Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: Faiza Hirji
ISSN:1474-6689
Language Note: EN
Unique Identifier: 365996911
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schema:description"Bollywood has been extensively studied for its nationalist themes, its widespread popularity, and its emphasis on tradition and ritual. For the most part, these traditions and rituals tend to be derived from Hindu mythology and symbolism, presenting an interesting paradox given that its audience is not composed exclusively of Hindu viewers. This contradiction is deepened by the fact that Bollywood's production and content are touched by the influences of other cultures and religions, including Islam. This paper focuses specifically on the role of Islam in Bollywood films, analysing central themes and production practices and assessing whether these have changed substantially over time. Given India's complicated political, cultural, and religious history and the more global concern with Islam's meaning and significance, Islam inevitably plays a significant - and somewhat transformed - role in popular Indian cinema. However, in the films discussed here, it also carries familiar associations with terrorism, violence, and intercultural misunderstanding."
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