Analysis Of Little Mosque On The Mosque

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In a media platform where Islam is often portrayed as radical, terrorist and subservient religion, the television program Little Mosque on the Prairie, serves to combat modern day Orientalism and Islamophobia through education and humor. Filled with richly diverse characters and viewpoints, Little Mosque offers viewers an alternate depiction of muslims within popular culture and successfully illustrates Forbes and Mahan’s religious and cultural typology. Additionally, Little Mosque attempts to bring awareness and greater understandings of Islamic practice and culture, while highlighting ongoing gender discourse within both the muslim and secular community.

Orientalism is the “the exoticization and colonization of the Other by means of discourse
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bringing these topics such as Islam and Islamophobia out towards the public sphere, garnering a greater audience and exposure. Examples of religious engagement on the show include: Mosque attendance, prayer, reading the Qu 'ran, wearing religious clothing such as the hijab, and governance around male and female interaction. Popular culture in religion speaks to the adoption of popular culture by religion. In Little Mosque, when Babar takes over as Imam he redecorates with signs and hangings one of which is an “the Imam is in” sign, a Peanut’s Cartoon reference. The show also incorporates popular culture’s fascination with gamification, with Rev. Thorne’s comparison of the epic battle between the two religions (Muslim and Christianity) to that of board games like batlle ship. To a lesser extent one could argue that the transmission format of Little Mosque as a television program functions for some as a religion. Marshall McLuhan contends that all media in and of themselves and regardless of their message exert compelling influence on man and society. In this way, Television as a medium functions as popular culture as religion and holds mass appeal. Finally as Religion and popular culture in dialogue, the group of nomad muslims condemn and oppose the influence of popular culture in their religion and keep true to fundamentalist ways. To a lesser, this typology is also demonstrated with Baber’s stance against women wearing pants and Tupper’s concern of maintaining the status-quo christian way of life in Mercy,, their perspective of Muslims reflective of what’s being displayed on current popular television and recent presidential

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