Popular Novels, Discourse and the Perception of Islam: The Case of 9/11

In the wake of September 11 attacks, it is observed that negative perception of Islam and Muslims has developed with the identification of Islam with terrorism and the production of discourses in this context. As well as in fields such as politics and the media, popular literary products play a role in the dissemination of such discourses, which take place in popular cultural elements. Thus, it is argued that the popular novels written after the attacks are turned into tools in which negative discourses against Islam and Muslims are produced and popularized. The aim of this study is to examine the popular novels Terrorist (2006), The Submission (2011) and All We Have Left (2016), which were published in the fifteen-year period after September 11 and reveal the authors’ discourses about Islam and Muslims using Michel Foucault’s conceptualization of discourse and discourse analysis. In the examined novels it is observed that Orientalist and Islamophobic discourses are produced and popularized and mainly negative discourses continue in the fifteen years after September 11.


Sociology of Religion, Popular Culture, Post-9/11 Popular American Novels, Discourse, Terrorist, The Submission, All We Have Left.

Author : - Necmiye DURMUŞ
Number of pages: 67-95
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