Media, Racism and Islamophobia: The Representation of Islam and Muslims in the Media

Amir Saeed

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This article examines the representation of Islam and Muslims in the British press. It suggests that British Muslims are portrayed as an ‘alien other’ within the media. It suggests that this misrepresenatation can be linked to the development of a ‘racism’, namely, Islamphobia that has its roots in cultural representations of the ‘other’. In order to develop this arguement, the article provies a summary/ overview of how ethnic minorities have been represented in the British press and argues that the treatment of British Muslims and Islam follows these themes of ‘deviance’ and ‘un-Britishness’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-462
Number of pages20
JournalSociology Compass
Early online date9 Oct 2007
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2007
Externally publishedYes


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