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September 18 , 2010

Muslims and the News Media


Muslims have featured in many of the more significant news stories of the past few years – yet shockingly very few of these stories have been about anything other than the ‘war on terror’. This urgently relevant book examines the role and representations of Muslims in the news media particularly within a climate of threat, fear and misunderstanding. Written by both academic authorities and media practitioners, Muslims and the News Media is designed as a comprehensive and critical textbook and is set in both the British and international context. Bringing together a range of insightful perspectives on the subject into a coherent whole, the book clearly establishes the links between context, content, production and audiences, thus reflecting the entire cycle of the communication process. It reveals both the ways in which meaning is produced and reproduced in the news media, and the ways in which audiences themselves, both Muslim and non-Muslim, use or consume this media. Significant too and discussed here is the role of Muslims themselves in the processes of news production. Clarifying the circumstances and politics surrounding the representation of Muslims across a range of journalistic genres, Muslims and the News Media provides crucial insights into the representation – and misrepresentation – of Islam and Muslims today. ‘Timely and comprehensive, this book covers all aspects of representation of Muslims in contemporary Western media. Impressively, it also attempts to answer fundamental questions about a multicultural Europe...Essential reading for every current affairs and news editor.’ Daphna Baram, author of Disenchantment: The Guardian and Israel ‘ Muslims and the News Media provides a much-needed, authoritative and wide-ranging set of interventions both documenting and challenging the democratic deficits, as well as analyzing new democratizing possibilities, that characterize today’s news media. This is a most timely and important work indeed.’ Professor Simon Cottle, Director, Media and Communications Program, University of Melbourne
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