Intermediality as a Means of Resistance: The Repercussions of Neo-Orientalist Discourse on Muslim Americans in Wajahat Ali's The Domestic Crusaders


Helwan University


In The Domestic Crusaders, Wajahat Ali criticizes the neo-Orientalist generalized negative depiction of Muslims and Islam in news media during the coverage of War on Terror. The paper suggested that the intermediation of media in The Domestic Crusaders enables Ali to resist the ongoing neo-Orientalist generalized perverted images of Muslims and Islam during the War on Terror. Bringing back different media sources on the stage such as radio news, CNN  and FOX TV news, and newspaper enables Ali to show the audience their inauthenticity and their repercussions on public opinion and accordingly on Muslim Americans. Moreover, through representing an example of domestic, nonviolent, peaceful, and non-terrorist Muslim Pakistani American family, Ali informs the Western audience that not all Muslims are terrorists. In this vein, Ali deconstructs the constructed generalized Western images of Muslims; the image of veiled woman as oppressed by her father or husband, the image of Muslims as terrorists and anti-Jewish.


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