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Representations of Islam in the News

The editors are representatives of the Brussels Center for Journalism Studies, an institutional member of IAMCR.

Representations of Islam in the News

A Cross-Cultural Analysis

Edited by Stefan Mertens and Hedwig de Smaele

The representation of Islam is unquestionably a critical test for comparing journalistic reporting across countries and cultures. The Islamic religion has weight in international reporting (defining what we termed “foreign Islam”), but it is also the religion of numerically important minority groups residing in Europe (“national Islam”).

The first part of the book is “setting the scene.” Three chapters provide insights in dominant patterns of the representation of Islam as detected by various authors and studies involved with Islam representation in Europe.

Part two, the core section of the book, contributes to the development of the field of comparative journalism studies by comparing several countries and six media systems in Western Europe: the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium (Flanders), the French-speaking part of Belgium (Wallonia), the Netherlands, France, Germany, and the U.K.

Part three of this book presents two reception studies, one qualitative and the other quantitative. Equally important, as the bulk of attention goes to Western Europe, is the extension towards the representation of Muslims and Islam outside Western Europe.

Part four of the book is devoted to the representation of Islam in Russia, China, and India.

Stefan Mertens and Hedwig de Smaele are representatives of the Brussels Center for Journalism Studies, an institutional member of IAMCR.

The above text is from the publisher's description of the book.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Stefan Mertens and Hedwig de Smaele

Part I: Setting the Scene

Chapter 1: Muslims in Public and Media Discourse in Western Europe: The Reproduction of Aporia and Exclusion
Roza Tsagarousianou

Chapter 2: The U.K.’s Reporting of Islam and Muslims: Reviewing the Field
Elizabeth Poole

Chapter 3: Recent Trends in German Integration Discourse: From the Sarrazin Controversies to the Decline of Political Correctness
David Abadi, Leen d’Haenens, and Joyce Koeman

Part II: Cultural Values in the News: A Cross-Cultural Content Analysis of the Representation of Islam in Western European Media

Chapter 4: European Media Coverage of Islam in a Globalizing World
Stefan Mertens

Chapter 5: A Comparison of News Reporting on Islam and Muslims in Flanders and the Netherlands
Stefan Mertens

Chapter 6: The Representation of Islam and Muslims in Flemish TV news
Elke Ichau and Leen d’Haenens

Chapter 7: A Comparison of News Reporting on Islam and Muslims in Wallonia and France
Rozane De Cock and Koenraad Du Pont

Chapter 8: The Representation of Islam and Muslims in Germany
Jan Ceuppens

Chapter 9: The Representation of Islam and Muslims in the U.K.
Stefan Mertens

Part III: Reception of Media Representation of Muslims and Islam

Chapter 10: Reception of Media Representations of Moroccan Ethnicity and Islam in Belgium and the Netherlands: The Case of the “Syria Fighters”
Anna Berbers, Joyce Koeman, and Leen d’Haenens

Chapter 11: News Exposure and Fear of Islamic State: Survey Results among Flemish Adults
Rozane De Cock and Elien Kok

Part IV: Representation of Islam and Muslims in the Media across the World: Extending the Framework

Chapter 12: The Representation of Islam and Muslims in Russian Newspapers Kommersant’ and Rossijskaya Gazeta
Hedwig de Smaele and Dorien De Booser

Chapter 13: Salience and Representation of Islam and Uyghur Muslims in the Chinese Communist Party Press
Lutgard Lams

Chapter 14: Framing ghar wapsi and Muslim Identity in Indian Print Media
Chris Verschooten, Arshad Amanullah, and Stefanie Nijs

Title: Representations of Islam in the News. A Cross-Cultural Analysis
Editors: Stefan Mertens and Hedwig de Smaele
Published: 2016
Pages: 296
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 978-1-4985-0987-9

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