Fueling Our Fears: Stereotyping, Media Coverage, and Public Opinion of Muslim Americans

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 - Social Science - 141 pages
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After September 11, many in the American public and media zeroed in on Muslims in America and the world, irresponsibly linking_intentionally or not_Muslims at large with terrorism. This well-researched book explores this focus and its implications. At the same time, the authors do not leave out the opinion of Muslim Americans, exploring their views about the American media and its influence, their attitudes toward non-Muslim Americans and, just as important, their opinions on postD9/11 U.S. counterterrorist policies and practices. This book not only serves students and scholars in the fields of Middle East studies, media studies, and international communication but is also an enlightening read to anyone interested in mainstream America's perception of Muslims.
 

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Contents

Muslim Americans in the News before and after 911
1
The First 911 Anniversary and Beyond
25
The Visual Portrayal of Arabs and Muslims
39
How Americans View Islam and Muslims at Home and Abroad
55
Torture When the Enemy Fits Prevalent Stereotypes
75
American Muslims Sentiments in the Post911 Years
101
Covering American Muslims and Islam
121
Research Considerations and Methodologies
127
Selected Bibliography
131
Index
135
About the Authors
141
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Brigitte L. Nacos is adjunct professor of political science at Columbia University. Oscar Torres-Reyna is a Ph.D. candidate in Columbia University's Department of Political Science and visiting professor of public policy at Universidad de Guadalajara in Mexico.

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