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Gary R. Bunt

Muslim Celebrity Culture & 'Trauma Tourism'

Vanessa Taylor, Al Jazeera, Opinion piece, The problem with Muslim Celebrity Culture

This picked up some excellent comments from readers when I tweeted it, especially around issues of religious authority. "Muslim celebrity culture very much illustrates problematic power dynamics of gender and race within the Muslim community that are rarely addressed. It is not lost on anyone that primarily cis/het, non-black Muslim men acquire celebrity status at the expense of others and often assume the position of official commentators on Islam and all Muslims, regardless of whether they have the expertise or not."

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