This article explores ways in which film expresses “internal history” in the context of Muslim cultures. As such, it enquires how film can work as both Islamic art and historical contemplation. The films discussed here, Nacer Khemir’s Wanderers in the Desert and Muhammad Rasoulof’s Iron Island, inhabit and explore the borderline between imagination and reality. The films in question offer an imaginal interspace between “modern” and “traditional” worlds. As such they open up critical perspectives on the meaning of history. What follows is a discussion of how each film offers a window onto differing perceptions of time, and what may be glimpsed through this window.
"No Riddle but Time: Historical Consciousness in Two Islamicate Films,"
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 24:
1, Article 59.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol24/iss1/59