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Muslim Political Participation in Europe$
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Jorgen S. Nielsen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748646944

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646944.001.0001

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Clichés are funny as long as they happen on stage: comedy as political criticism

Clichés are funny as long as they happen on stage: comedy as political criticism

(p.322) Chapter 16 Clichés are funny as long as they happen on stage: comedy as political criticism
Muslim Political Participation in Europe

Riem Spielhaus

Edinburgh University Press

With shows like “Allah Made me funny”, “Little mosque in the prairie” and “The Moslem TÜV”, Muslim comedy and satire has entered mainstream entertainment in several European countries and Northern America, especially after the cartoon crisis. By focusing on the contributions of Muslim performers in the field of contemporary German comedy this chapter approaches political satire and other subversive strategies used by subalterns to address injustice, discrimination and structural exclusion as a form of political activism. It argues that in an atmosphere of suspicion and verbal taboos, political satire can play a significant role by enabling entertainers to address and criticise policies of active securitisation and domestication. Politically grounded satire, the field of humor, of absurdity, ridicule and subversion are therefore worth being examined both in terms of content and as a political strategy to address the unspeakable.

Keywords:   Political satire, irony, subalterns, subversion, exclusion, subversive strategies, contemporary German comedy

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