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eBook / Article Title: Muslim Divorce in the Middle East Contesting Gender in the Contemporary Courts
Author(s): Carlisle, Jessica
Year: 2019
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eBook / Article Title: Artists, Writers and The Arab Spring
Author(s): Ismat, Riad
Year: 2019
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eBook / Article Title: The Gulf : high culture, hard labor
Author(s): Ross, Andrew
Year: 2015
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eBook / Article Title: Lonely Planet Middle East
Author(s): Lonely Planet
Year: 2018
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Film Title: Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2006
Length: 51 mins
Descriptions:

This groundbreaking documentary dissects a slanderous aspect of cinematic history that has run virtually unchallenged from the earliest days of silent film to today's biggest Hollywood blockbusters. Featuring acclaimed author Dr. Jack Shaheen, the film explores a long line of degrading images of Arabs - from Bedouin bandits and submissive maidens to sinister sheikhs and gun-wielding "terrorists" - along the way offering devastating insights into the origin of these stereotypic images, their development at key points in US history, and why they matter so much today.

Shaheen shows how the persistence of these images over time has served to naturalize prejudicial attitudes toward Arabs and Arab culture, in the process reinforcing a narrow view of individual Arabs and the effects of specific US domestic and international policies on their lives. By inspiring critical thinking about the social, political, and basic human consequences of leaving these Hollywood caricatures unexamined, the film challenges viewers to recognize the urgent need for counter-narratives that do justice to the diversity and humanity of Arab people and the reality and richness of Arab history and culture.

Viewer Discretion Advised: Contains graphic violent language & imagery

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Film Title: Women Without Men
Genre: Movie
Year: 2009
Length: 101 mins
Descriptions:

Renowned visual artist Shirin Neshat offers an exquisitely crafted view of women rights today in Iran as compared to Iran in 1953, when a British- and American-backed coup removed the democratically elected government. The film was adapted from the novel by Iranian author Shahrnush Parsipur and weaves together the stories of four individual women during those traumatic days, whose experiences are shaped by their faith and the social structures in place.

Winner of a Silver Lion Award for Directing at the Venice Film Festival. Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Film Title: Geography Now! Bahrain
Genre: YouTube Video
Year: 2015
Length: 10:47 mins
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Film Title: Geography Now! Egypt
Genre: YouTube Video
Year: 2016
Length: 12:06 mins
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Film Title: Geography Now! Iran
Genre: YouTube Video
Year: 2017
Length: 14:01 mins
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Film Title: Geography Now! Iraq
Genre: YouTube Video
Year: 2017
Length: 13:32 mins
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Film Title: Geography Now! Jordan
Genre: YouTube Video
Year: 2017
Length: 11:26 mins
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Film Title: Geography Now! Kuwait
Genre: YouTube Video
Year: 2018
Length: 12:09 mins
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Film Title: Geography Now! Lebanon
Genre: YouTube Video
Year: 2018
Length: 13:28 mins
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Film Title: Geography Now! Oman
Genre: YouTube Video
Year: 2019
Length: 16:53 mins
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Film Title: Geography Now! Qatar
Genre: YouTube Video
Year: 2019
Length: 18:58 mins
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Film Title: Geography Now! Saudi Arabia
Genre: YouTube Video
Year: 2020
Length: 29:02 mins
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