Missionaries and Travelogues as Tools for American Prejudice Towards Arabs

For centuries, the West has been fascinated with the Orient, an obsession that has led to prejudice and racism towards Arabs. This prejudice was perpetuated through Protestant America’s enthrallment with the Holy Land in the 19th century. Church historian Winthrop Hudson once noted that, “America was shaped in an essentially protestant …

Making America Great Again?

On January 17, 2017, America swore in Donald Trump as the 45th president to lead the country back to his envisioned ‘greatness.’ As a global power which prides itself in being an ‘indivisible’ nation, Donald Trump may not have ready, if not willing, to both represent and unify the United …

The Oriental Dictator?

“The Dictator” is a movie about an oppressive dictator who is summoned to New York by the United Nations concerning his country’s nuclear weapon program. However, during his stay in America his appearance is altered so no one recognizes him, preventing him from returning to his country and he has …

Aladdin and Orientalism

The 1992 Disney movie Aladdin is a widely popular film, but the portrayal of the characters within the film is fraught with Orientalist stereotypes. This is also important relative to the fact that the protagonists are overwhelmingly Americanized while the antagonists are depicted through damaging and hurtful stereotypes. From the …