The Misrepresentation of Middle Eastern Women in Western Media and Fiction Aladdin 2019 vs. Aladdin and the Magic Lamp 1909

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Abstract Western representations of Arabs and Muslims are not a recent fabrication; they have been operational and deeply ingrained in Western conceptions from the earliest interactions with Arabs and Muslims. Centuries later, in the time of Globalization, live audio-visual images on the big screen and television went beyond a thousand words in propagating these orientalist preconceptions and clichés. Our thesis focuses on Hollywood's projection of negative portrayals on Arabs, particularly women based on the study of a Disney movie and its original book; it shows how moviemakers are led to believe that all Arabs are Muslims and all Muslims are Arabs and thus project their cultural and biased ideologies on screens, theyhave twisted the original lenses of the book and showed Arab women on films as moresexualized and objectified.The thesis therefore compares the stereotypes found in the original book 1909 with its 2019 movie adaptation. And the conclusions suggest that stereotypes are evident in films more than books and are detrimental to Middle Eastern women.Finally, the research approach used for this thesis comprises a qualitative descriptive study using a content analysis design that necessitates the use of movie scenes as well as book passages and conversations as a tool. To ensure the validity of our research findings, we have conducted a psychoanalytic study based on the theories of Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan. We have selected one movie from 2019 that received international awards and its book from 1909 as a corpus of our research; weexamined them both in terms of cultural values and political plus ideological themes that the west seeks to transmit to a global audience.