(Mis)representing Islam: The Racism and Rhetoric of British Broadsheet Newspapers

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John Benjamins Publishing, 2004 - Electronic book - 262 pages
"(Mis)Representing Islam" explores and illustrates how elite broadsheet newspapers are implicated in the production and reproduction of anti-Muslim racism. The book approaches journalistic discourse as the inseparable combination of social practices, discursive practices and the texts themselves from a perspective which fuses Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) with Edward Said s critique of Orientalism. This framework enables Richardson to (re)contextualise elite journalism within its professional, political, economic, social and historic settings and present a critical and precise examination of not only the prevalence but also the form and potential effects of anti-Muslim racism. The book analyses the centrality of van Dijk s ideological square and the significance and utility of stereotypical topoi in representing Islam and Muslims, focusing in particular on the reporting of Turkey, Pakistan, Iran, Israel/Palestine, Algeria, Iraq and Britain. This timely book should interest researchers and students of racism, Islam, Journalism and Communication studies, Rhetoric, and (Critical) Discourse Analysis.
 

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A useful and comprehensive study in discourse and racism for anyone studying this topic

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Islam isn't a race. Yet you frame the question as if Europeans are xeno-racists instead of xeno-idealists, ie. they want their ideologies to persist instead of say, Islam. I find the introduction fine, but as soon as you focus on Muslims, which aren't a race of people but actually a quite diverse population (most muslims aren't even of arab descent), you completely nullify your research because a dislike of Islam could possibly be on its actual content, not just because of an us/them dualistic way of thinking.
Look at it like this; I'm an atheist. If I dislike muslims, or rather, Islam, it is not because I hate Arabs or Indonesians or Persians, since I "believe" in the well-documented fact of evolution (which muslims shouldn't according to their holy texts), but rather I am opposed to their beliefs about stoning people who oppose them, their stance on women/apostates/science, and their extreme racism towards Jews.
This is all according to their Koran and their Hadiths. How you can call this "misrepresenting Islam" is actually a quite fitting title of this review, because that is EXACTLY what you have done. You should feel ashamed, John E. Richardson.
There is no such thing as anti-Muslim racism. There is no such thing as Islamophobia. Phobia means an irrational fear of something.
And there is nothing irrational about fearing someone who truly believes you should be slaughtered and burn forever and ever in a fairy-tale universe for speaking against a fictional, paedophilic and illiterate buffoon.
 

Contents

Islam Orientalism and racist social exclusion i
1
A challenge for us all
20
The discursive representation of Islam and Muslims
33
Output and representations
47
Muslim negativity
69
The West as civiliser
95
Difference discord and threat in domestic reporting
113
The atrocity at Luxor
130
The sophistication andor superiority ofOur weaponry
166
President Saddam Husseins removal from power
174
The importance of UNSCOM to unconnected Iraq articles
182
Coda
188
Discourse and Intertextuality
198
Shifting blame
207
Reallocating blame during Ramadan
213
Coda
223

Muslim schooling and Muslim pupils
137
Positive stories
146
A summary
152
Use of International law as an argumentative resource
158

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