Call for Contributors: Muslims in American Popular Culture

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This call for contributors appears to cast a wide net, one which includes fashion, adornment and appearance.

Muslims in American Popular Culture: A three-volume reference set titled “Muslims in American Popular Culture” (MIAPC). The first collection of its kind, MIAPC will be marketed mainly to university, public, and secondary school libraries.  We are looking for articles of various lengths on a wide variety of topics within the categories of contemporary American Muslim entertainment, communities, social concerns, religious expression, and politics.  This is to be published by Praeger, through Greenwood Publishing Group.

The first round of articles is due on October 15, 2009, and we will be reviewing abstracts on a rolling basis. Completed articles will be guaranteed a place in the collection based on dates received and accepted. Please send abstracts or questions to:

Anne Richards, PhD, aricha31@kennesaw.edu, Department of English, Kennesaw State University, GA, or

Iraj Omidvar, PhD, iomidvar@spsu.edu, Department of English and Technical Communication and Media Arts, Southern Polytechnic State University, GA

POTENTIAL TOPICS TO BE ADDRESSED BY “MUSLIMS IN AMERICAN POPULAR CULTURE”

Note:  This list has been edited to reflect those relevant to dress and appearance.  Contributions on many other topics relevant to the scope of the book series are welcomed as well.

  • Clothing and adornment
  • Veils, headscarves, burkas, hejabs, etc.
  • Henna, harquus
  • Cliches such as Persian carpets, deserts, harems, geniis, magic lamps, Baghdad, Bedouins, Oriental despots, the Crusades
  • Belly dancing
  • Typical stores within large metro areas
  • Places of Worship and Religious Accommodations
  • Stereotypes
  • Individuals

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