Representations of Islam in the News
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
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
Chapter 2: The U.K.’s Reporting of Islam and Muslims: Reviewing the Field
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
Chapter 5: A Comparison of News Reporting on Islam and Muslims in Flanders and the Netherlands
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
Chapter 9: The Representation of Islam and Muslims in the U.K.
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
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
Publisher: Lexington Books