The “Innocent” Other: Hollywood’s Post 9/11 Muslim Child and Childhood

Author: Hajar Eddarif, Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco
Published: July 5, 2023

Citation: Eddarif, H. (2023). The “Innocent” Other: Hollywood’s Post 9/11 Muslim Child and Childhood. IAFOR Journal of Cultural Studies, 8(1).


The present article interrogates the ways in which Hollywood cinema articulates the exclusion of the Muslim child from popular discourses of childhood and how such exclusion continues to condition the cultural identity of children and most importantly how it defines the notion of childhood. This paper opts for a textual and discursive analysis of Hollywood’s post-9/11 film through a cultural and postcolonial studies’ lens. The main purpose behind this is to scrutinize Hollywood’s cultural conceptualization of children, how it represents different childhoods, in what way it categorizes children and who is perceived as a child.


Arab, children, Hollywood, innocence, Islam, popular culture, postcolonial theory, race, Orientalism, 9/11