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Representations: Print, Broadcast, and Electronic Media: North Africa
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The first media portrayals of North African women took place in the nineteenth century following the colonization of the region. These portrayals were informed by the colonial attitude toward the colonized and reflected the colonizer's cultural hegemony. The first soldiers in the colonial armies produced images of exotic lands, which together with the images propagated by Antoine Galland's translation of the Thousand and One Nights (1701– 17), amalgamated into an image of North African women as exotic objects of curiosity well hidden in oriental harems.

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Salhi, Zahia Smail, “Representations: Print, Broadcast, and Electronic Media: North Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0634b>
First published online: 2009

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