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Religions 2014, 5(1), 199-218; doi:10.3390/rel5010199

From Clichés to Mysticism: Evolution of Religious Motives in Turkish Cinema

Department of Radio-Cinema & Television, Faculty of Communication, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Terzioglu Campus, Canakkale 17100, Turkey
Received: 3 December 2013 / Revised: 30 January 2014 / Accepted: 6 February 2014 / Published: 3 March 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion, Film, Methodology)
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As an art form, an academic discipline and an ideological instrument that finds a place in cultural studies and social sciences, film plays a significant role both in the creation and as a reflection of the culture in which it is produced and sustained. Within the relationship between religion and the cinema in the Turkish context, religion has ironically become an ideological discourse contrasting with the Islamic attitude prohibiting human depiction. This paper seeks to examine the transformation of both religious and secularist clichés and stereotypes in the Turkish cinema, by means of ideological and sociological critiques of some sample films. View Full-Text
Keywords: religious clichés; Turkish cinema; Islamic rituals; White Cinema religious clichés; Turkish cinema; Islamic rituals; White Cinema
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Önal, H. From Clichés to Mysticism: Evolution of Religious Motives in Turkish Cinema. Religions 2014, 5, 199-218.

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