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New release from Tulika Books!

Islamicate Cultures of
Bombay Cinema

Ira Bhaskar & Richard Allen


March 2009
9.5 x 7.5 inches
360 pages, full colour
ISBN: 978-81-89487-53-9
Price: US$ 30


This book explores the Islamicate cultures that richly inform Bombay cinema. These cultures are imagined forms of the past and therefore a contested site of histories and identities. Yet they also form a culturally potent and aesthetically fertile reservoir of images and idioms through which Muslim communities are represented and represent themselves. Islamicate influences inform the language, poetry, music, ideas, and even the characteristic emotional responses elicited by Bombay cinema in general; however, the authors argue that it is in the three genre forms of The Muslim Historical, The Muslim Courtesan Film and The Muslim Social that these cultures are concentrated and distilled into precise iconographic, performative and narrative idioms. Furthermore, the authors argue that it is through these three genres, and their critical reworking by New Wave filmmakers, that social and historical significance is attributed to Muslim cultures for Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Ira Bhaskar is Associate Professor of Cinema Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Richard Allen is Professor and Chair of Cinema Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

For copies of the book, please contact Richard Allen at:

Tulika Books
35 A/1 (third floor)
Shahpur Jat
New Delhi 110 049 India

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