Journal of
Languages and Culture

  • Abbreviation: J. Lang. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6540
  • DOI: 10.5897/JLC
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 130


“My name is Khan and I am not a Terrorist”: Representation of Muslims in ‘My name is Khan’

Belinda Marie Balraj
Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia. 
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 22 March 2011
  •  Published: 30 June 2011



The media plays a pivotal position in society today and its ubiquitous presence signifies the potential the media has in transferring information, about every day issues, to the masses. The media not only transfers information but has the ability to mold the viewers’ perceptions about what should and should not be a reality. In recent developments, Bollywood  has taken an interest in the portrayal of Muslims in their movies. This paper will look at how Muslims are portrayed in ‘My Name is Khan’ (MNIK) post 9/11 attack using Edward Said’s ‘orientalism’ idea.


Key words: Representation, Islam, orientalism, media.