Oppositional Banality: Watching Ordinary Muslims in Little Mosque on the Prairie

Date

2015-03-01

Advisors

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

ISSN

Volume Title

Publisher

Amsterdam University Press

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

This paper interrogates how the globally-syndicated series Little Mosque on the Prairie (2007-2012) mobilises one of the most beloved television formats – the situation comedy – to insert a banal and normalised gaze towards Muslims and contest hostile representations of Islam in Western media. Through what I have termed ‘oppositional banality’, the show relocates Muslim identities to the realm of everyday life and out of the confines of global terrorism. Rather than being under the scrutiny of news cameras and viewed through cataclysmic international events, Little Mosque’s Muslims are made comical and timeless, subjected to the emotional entanglements of ordinary life.

Description

Keywords

Islam, Muslim identity, Muslim comedy, television situation comedy, cultural resistance

Citation

Chao, J. (2015) Oppositional Banality: Watching Ordinary Muslims in Little Mosque on the Prairie. NECSUS European Journal of Media Studies, 4 (1), pp. 27-45

Rights

Research Institute

Media Discourse Centre (MDC)