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How Western theatre portrays Islam

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Michael Lueger

The Brussels attacks have again thrust Islamic terrorists centre stage, and the way Western theatre portrays Muslims may be part of the problem.

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John Douglas Thompson in rehearsal for Tamburlaine, Parts I and II. Photo by Gerry Goldstein

About the author

Michael Lueger is an adjunct professor at Emerson College and Northeastern University, where he teaches theatre history. His blog “Abstract and Brief” features images and essays on theatre history. His work has appeared in a variety of peer-reviewed publications, such as the recent Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater, and on WBUR’s Cognoscenti page. Follow him on Twitter with the handle @theaterhistory.