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Jack Shaheen

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Notable works  Reel Bad Arabs
Name  Jack Shaheen
Role  Writer

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Education  Pennsylvania State University
Books  The TV Arab, Guilty, Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywoo

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Jack George Shaheen Jr. (September 21, 1935 – July 9, 2017) was a writer and lecturer specializing in addressing racial and ethnic stereotypes. He is the author of Reel Bad Arabs (adapted to a 2006 documentary), The TV Arab (1984) and Arab and Muslim Stereotyping in American Popular Culture (1997).


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Early life and education

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Shaheen was born in Pittsburgh to Arab immigrants, and grew up in Clairton, Pennsylvania.

Shaheen graduated from Clairton High School in 1953. In 1957, he graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. In 1964, he received a master's degree from Pennsylvania State University. In 1969, Shaheen received a PhD from the University of Missouri.


Shaheen's work focused on racism and orientalism, particularly in popular culture such as Hollywood films. He delivered over 1,000 lectures on the issue across the United States and on three continents.

Shaheen was also a former CBS News consultant on Middle East affairs, and professor emeritus of Mass Communications at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.


Shaheen received two Fulbright teaching awards He was also the Distinguished Visiting Scholar at New York University’s Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies.


Shaheen died on July 9, 2017 at the age of 81.

Works and publications

  • Shaheen, Jack G. (2012). Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People (Revised and updated ed.). New York: Olive Branch Press, Interlink Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1-623-71006-4. OCLC 928572276.  – originally published in 2001
  • Shaheen, Jack G. (2012). Guilty: Hollywood's Verdict on Arabs After 9/11. Northampton, MA: Olive Branch Press, Interlink Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1-623-71020-0. OCLC 828794510. 
  • Shaheen, Jack G. (1984). The TV Arab. Ohio: Bowling Green State University Popular Press. ISBN 978-0879723095.
  • References

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