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Muslim Preaching in the Middle East and BeyondHistorical and Contemporary Case Studies$
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Simon Stjernholm and Elisabeth Özdalga

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474467476

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474467476.001.0001

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The Khuṭba Scene in Arab Religious Films and TV Dramas

The Khuṭba Scene in Arab Religious Films and TV Dramas

(p.30) 2 The Khuṭba Scene in Arab Religious Films and TV Dramas
Muslim Preaching in the Middle East and Beyond

Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen

Edinburgh University Press

An imam delivering a khutba is a standard scene in Arab films and tv-serials. It can, however, convey different intended meanings, depending not only on the words pronounced, but also on the camera’s focus: do we see the preacher’s face and state of mind, or the impact he makes on his listener? And how about the distance and hierarchy between them? Analyzing these scenes, this chapter points to a development whereby the top-down sermon has gradually become unpopular and today is mainly used to depict extremist preachers addressing their loyalist followers. More positive depictions of preachers have often moved to more level-field discussion circles where they take the concerns of their listeners to heart.

Keywords:   dramas, extremist preacher, films, khutba, scene analysis, top-down sermons, TV-serials

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