Great reason to see the movie ‘Dracula Untold’ – Muslims think it is ‘Islamophobic’

DRACULA UNTOLD is the story you definitely haven’t heard before. It tells the tale of Vlad Țepeș, the impaler, a warrior and leader who would do anything to save his family. And when all other options are exhausted, he goes looking for help in places dark and deep, and comes out changed forever.

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New Republic  Says Muslim , why Turks? And why now, when all eyes are on Turkey, and the country teeters unwillingly on the frontline of impending war? In the current climate of global political tension and escalating Islamophobia, what political statement does Dracula Untold make in pitting our vampire hero against the armies of Mehmet II?

The film’s generous use of the word “Turk” was interesting. To call an Ottoman a Turk is like calling a Roman an Italian. True, the Ottoman sultans were of Turkic origin. But the empire was much too big, much too ethnically diverse to be called Turkish. In the Age of Enlightenment, “Turk,” “Moor,” and “Mohammedan” were interchangeable terms which basically meant Muslim. 

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The wide use of “Turk” then, was an attempt to tribalize the Islamic faith and associate it with foreign, potentially threatening powers, which were the common enemy.

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Fast forward to the 21st century. In Dracula Untold, Mehmet II seals his demands on Vlad with a bloody thumb-print, and the scene’s final shot is of the Sultan’s thumb on an imperial edict, alongside a stamp bearing the name of God in Arabic script. The Sultan’s cruelty then is the will of the Muslim god, who is out to get your children. Today, vilification of Islam has reached such heights, that even when the Sultan is cast opposite history’s bloodiest-psycho-tyrant, it’s Dracula who emerges as the tragic hero.

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