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Finding Mecca in AmericaHow Islam Is Becoming an American Religion$
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Mucahit Bilici

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226049564

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226922874.001.0001

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Funny Jihad: Muslim Comedy Takes Flight

Funny Jihad: Muslim Comedy Takes Flight

(p.171) Six Funny Jihad: Muslim Comedy Takes Flight
Finding Mecca in America

Mucahit Bilici

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses the emergence of Muslim comedy after 9/11. By examining the rise of comedy troupes such as Allah Made Me Funny and Axis of Evil, it links Muslim comedy to Islamophobia and the emergence of the “negative charisma” of Muslims in the post-9/11 era. Muslim ethnic comedy is seen as a plea to humanity by stand-up comedians, a way of undoing otherness on a more personal level. A second-generation phenomenon, Muslim comedy is also a symptom of Muslims' Americanization. The chapter concludes by offering a new theoretical framework for understanding ethnic comedy in general.

Keywords:   American Muslims, Muslim ethnic comedy, Islamophobia, negative charisma, stand-up comedy, Americanization

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