In her new book, Heroes, Villains and the Muslim Exception: Muslim and Arab Men in Australian Crime Drama
(Melbourne University Publishing, 2017), Mehal Krayem
, a sociologist and researcher at the University of Technology Sydney, explores the representation of Arab and Muslim men in Australian film and television crime dramas. In a series of case studies, including the television show East West 101
and groundbreaking films like The Combination
and Cedar Boys
investigates how race and ethnicity, religion, gender, and class intersect in contemporary Australian depictions of Arab and Muslim men.