TITLE

Islam Today: The Need to Explore Its Complexities

AUTHOR(S)
Ramadan, Tariq
PUB. DATE
June 2007
SOURCE
Nieman Reports;Summer2007, Vol. 61 Issue 2, p23
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article laments that the Western media's coverage of Muslims is characterized by a lack of clarity and an atmosphere of incomprehension that only tend to generate suspicion and fear in their audience. It explains that Islam and the Muslims have become the subject of intense scrutiny by journalists and scholars in the West. It criticizes the Western media for failing to define terms and acknowledge nuances in their coverage of Islam and Muslims. It discusses the level of diversity in Islamic scholars stemming mainly from the various interpretations of Islam's sacred texts. It cautions Western journalists not to equate religious outlook among Muslims with their political posture.
ACCESSION #
25888234

 

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