A Western Approach to Islam Islam is a highly recognizable and one of the most practiced religions in the world. It is a religion that brings hope, a meaning for life, and ultimately peace to those who follow its teachings. The Western world sees Islam as a violent and threatening religion that produces terrorists and radicals. If such a religion brings so much meaning to the lives of those that practice it, why does the West see it with such suspicious eyes?
Arabs in the Media: Victim or Villain? For decades, the media portrayal of the Arab culture and Islam has contributed to a skewed public opinion in America. Looking closely at the news coverage concerning the Middle East and the United States, there is an inherent media bias against Arabs and Muslims as foreign threats to domestic security. Stephen Franklin argues that "Islamic nations are often portrayed in news reports as uniformly intolerant and anti-democratic" (Franklin 17).
Stereotyping of Arab Muslims in the New York Times for the Past Forty Years This study examines stereotyping of Arab Muslims in the New York Times for the past forty years. Theorists suggest that stereotyping of a minority group effects the public's opinion of that group. Other communication media theorists say that only under extreme conditions will the negative stereotypes reflect the publics' opinions of the portrayed minority group. The parallel theory between propaganda and stereotyping by the mass media is examined. Theorists including Thomson, (1977) & Myers, (1992), related to mass media effects strongly agree claiming that repetitive and non-contradictive images in the media are an effective form of propaganda.
In the essay, the writer acknowledges the misunderstandings that come from media images by explaining the contrasts between these images and the teachings of the faith to support her claim that fear is the reason for this misconception. The conception that many people have of Muslims is that they are terrorists, anti-Semites, and fanatics. This conception exsists because television news and newspapers support that stereotype. The broadcast of such stereotypes encourages fear and accusations of the Islamic relegion's teachings. The writer explains that Islam teaches peace, tolerance, and equality. She further states that Muslims shown in the media have violated these teachings ...
Many people have been led to the fact that Islam is violent, but all these people do not know the truth, they hear it by the famous people and believe it. The famous people have led other people to believe that all Muslims are risky to be near. I believe that because of these Muslim terrorists, media thinks that all Muslims or believers of Islam are disgraceful, which leads to everyone believing the media.
In modern days there have been a multitude of depictions of different religions in a very harsh light. People look at all religions with a scrutinizing gaze, wishing to find everything they can that they think is wrong about the religion when in reality they should be looking at the large amount of good that the religion offers. No one would like to have their beliefs and ideals that they hold close to them scoffed at, yet there are those who constantly do so to others. More recently people have become slightly more relaxed with their negative views and stereotypes of other religions, and that is something that is a truly wonderful thing. Unfortunately there is still a large amount of negative stigma that is involved with quite a few religions. These religions are both monotheistic and polytheistic, which means that they believe in one god, or multiple gods respectively. Some examples of religions that tend to have negative stereotypes surrounding them are Islam, and Muslim which is an adherent of Islam, Wicca, as well as many other Pagan religions, and even Christianity. There can be reasons for these negative stereotypes, unfortunately, as sometimes they were what used to be done or believed in some cases. Yet at the same time these negative stereotypes could be nothing more than people assuming things because they haven't taken the time to learn about the religion and its practitioners. These negative stereotypes of religions are often portrayed through media, such as television shows, comedy routines, songs, and even stories on the Internet.
...esn't imply that each Muslim on the planet is the same way. A Christian maniac once strolled into a movie theater, shooting it up, and it’s viewed as enormous massacre. However, if that same man developed a beard and named was labeled as a Muslim, the media might have distributed it as terrorism. This conflicting terminology “terrorist” that Muslims have been labeled have implanted into the brains of the masses, along these lines empowering and encouraging a measure of shamefulness for those apparent to be Muslims crosswise over America and because of these labels placed upon Muslims nationwide, they have experience prejudice and consistent discrimination. As Consumers of the media, we must get to be progressively mindful of this predisposition in the trusts of reducing and in the long run ceasing the treachery that has influenced individuals of Muslim America.
Islam One of the active "survivors" of practiced faiths in America is Islam. Before and even after the incident of September 11th, more and more disappointment, frustration and curiosity towards Islam and Muslims have aroused amongst Americans. The Reason behind those mixed feelings is that it is said that a group of Muslim "terrorists" were behind the tragedy that occurred to the Trade Center in New York. That has resulted in the lost of many innocent lives and corruption of the nation.
The last decade has brought two blatant changes to American civilizations in particular and Western civilizations in general. The first is a greater concern about Islam and Muslims, and the second is a much highly visibility of Muslims within those civilizations. Numerous people may have imagined that there weren’t many Muslims living in their communities until recently, but now, one can see visibly Muslim persons often in their veils or robes, walking the streets, shopping in the cities, and going to the schools (Saeed, 2007). There is no doubt that the increased visibility of Muslims has been a matter of some interest (allen,2010). The French have banned people wearing markers of Muslim religion, such as the hijab and niqab, in public, and many Americans have protested against mosques and other expressions of the religion. In addition, numerous Westerners have a stereotyped image of Muslim visibility, for instance, assuming that all Muslim females wear the same style and color, of garb (Ameli & Merali, 2004) Many Westerners associate the visibility of Muslims with non-Western and anti-Western culture and beliefs, including the oppression of women, and therefore hold a very negative attitude and view toward it and them (Briggs, Fieschi, & Lownsbrough, 2006).
Introduction Islam, a religion of people submitting to one God, seeking peace and a way of life without sin, is always misunderstood throughout the world. What some consider act of bigotry, others believe it to be the lack of education and wrong portrayal of events in media; however, one cannot not justify the so little knowledge that America and Americans have about Islam and Muslims. Historically there are have been myths, many attacks on Islam and much confusion between Islam as a religion and Middle Easter culture that is always associated with it. This paper is meant to dispel, or rather educate about the big issues that plague people’s minds with false ideas and this will only be touching the surface.