Pointing the Finger: Islam and Muslims in the British Media

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Ever since 9/11, Muslims and Islam have dominated the headlines in the UK. With one leading newspaper describing the Muslim community as a ?troublesome minority?, the media has often been accused of hostility. In this illuminating study, several leading commentators examine the phenomenon of ?Islamophobia? and ask how to tackle it. Charting recent media controversies and including interviews from Muslim journalists, this is a captivating insight into how Muslims are depicted in the West. Julian Petley is ...
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Ever since 9/11, Muslims and Islam have dominated the headlines in the UK. With one leading newspaper describing the Muslim community as a “troublesome minority”, the media has often been accused of hostility. In this illuminating study, several leading commentators examine the phenomenon of “Islamophobia” and ask how to tackle it. Charting recent media controversies and including interviews from Muslim journalists, this is a captivating insight into how Muslims are depicted in the West. Julian Petley is professor of Film and Television at Brunel University. Robin Richardson is Co-director of the Instead consultancy and author of Islamophobia.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781851688128
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Publication date: 5/16/2011
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors to Pointing the Finger vii

Introduction Julian Petley Robin Richardson ix

1 The Demonisation of Islam: Concepts, Terms and Distinctions Robin Richardson 1

2 Big Pictures and Daily Details: The Content and Form of Narratives Robin Richardson 21

3 Images of Islam in the UK: The Representation of British Muslims in the National Press 2000-8 Justin Lewis Paul Mason Kerry Moore 40

4 'Political Correctness Gone Mad' Hugh Muir Julian Petley Laura Smith 66

5 'A Question of Leadership': Who Speaks for British Muslims? Julian Petley 100

6 The Golden Thread: Britishness and Preventing Extremism 2000-10 Robin Richardson 152

7 Muslim Women and Veiled Threats: From 'Civilising Mission' to 'Clash of Civilisations' Gholam Khiabany Milly Williamson 173

8 'This Idiotic Man': Sharia Law and the Archbishop of Canterbury Claire George 201

9 Keeping Your Integrity - and Your Job: Voices from the Newsroom Hugh Muir Laura Smith 221

10 Responsible Journalism Julian Petley Robin Richardson 250

Notes 275

Bibliography 279

Index 293

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