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By Elzain Elgamri

From the past due Ayatollah Khomeini's fatwa opposed to Salman Rushdie, to the extremism of the Taliban and the mass homicide of the September eleventh assaults, a dead ringer for Islam as a violent and anti-Western religion has featured dominantly within the international mass media. during this ebook, Elzain Elgamri units out to refute such generalizations. making an allowance for the traditionally conditioned Orientalist discourses, in mild of the polarized courting among Islam and the West, and deconstructing what has truly been stated within the British caliber press, Elgamri issues out that what has truly been journalistically coated is an incomplete fragment of a way more complicated scenario. whereas acknowledging that those negative acts have been certainly devoted within the identify of Islam, and they did contain bloody violence that claimed the lives of blameless civilians and brought on a lot intimidation, Elgamri argues that those occasions were represented by means of the media as an archetype of Islam, while in fact there's no unmarried monolithic Islam and, therefore, no unmarried monolithic Muslim neighborhood. the writer concludes that, opposite to what's often depicted, Islam and Muslim societies will not be limited purely to disagreement, violence, terrorism, and antagonism in the direction of every little thing Western, yet relatively are super varied of their spiritual and political outlooks.

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The royal travel includes a few symbolic degree in that it overtly expresses hostility in the direction of the Muslims’ calls for . . . The British executive is making an attempt to take advantage of such symbolic measures to offer a chilly shoulder to the worlds’ Muslims. however it can't keep away from dealing with their wrath. The record maintains to focus on and preserve a picture of Iran as antagonistic to Britain. Tehran is claimed to were excited about what the [152] 602 04 British Broadsheets Ch four 14/10/08 9:34 AM web page 153 THE RUSHDIE AFFAIR document describes as an ‘anti-British crusade’. to stress this element, the file makes use of a value-loaded lexical merchandise – campaign – possible to convey into readers’ minds the old clash among Islam and Europe. In historic contexts, the note ‘Crusade’ (starting in higher case) refers back to the Christian army expeditions within the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries to get well Jerusalem and the Holy Land from the Muslims. besides the fact that, ‘crusade’ (lower case) within the information textual content is ostensibly used to intend ‘campaign’; even though what might have been understood by way of readers this is the word’s reference to the traditionally conflictual courting among Islam and Europe. In concluding this bankruptcy, we needs to be aware that the 3 newspapers didn't stick to an analogous line of their assurance. them all dedicated significant house to the occasions of violence and protests regarding The Satanic Verses and the Khomeini fatwa within Britain and in another country. in spite of the fact that, The Guardian’s concentration used to be diversified from that of the days and The autonomous. for example, it checked out the Anglo-Iranian family within the mild of alternative occasions, resembling the suspected Iranian involvement within the Lockerbie bombing, the sentencing of the British businessman Roger Cooper on espionage fees, and the impression of the Rushdie affair at the relatives among Tehran and London. The Guardian’s language of insurance was once, to a point, impartial, and so used to be The Independent’s, albeit to a lesser quantity. despite the fact that, the days used non-neutral language and value-loaded phrases, e. g. , ‘mob’ and ‘rioter’, rather than ‘crowd’ and ‘protester’. That exhibits the sensationalized nature of its information experiences. the days and The self sufficient dedicated extra space than The parent to assurance of protests that become violent confrontations among protesters and police. Such occasions have been used, in numerous methods, to augment the organization of Islam/Muslims with extremism, terrorism, irrationality and anti-Western sentiments. [153] 602 04 British Broadsheets Ch four 14/10/08 9:34 AM web page 154 602 05 British Broadsheets Ch five 14/10/08 9:37 AM web page a hundred and fifty five five the increase OF THE TALIBAN flow TO strength history The Taliban circulate used to be based within the southern Afghan urban of Kandahar, by means of graduates of the Pakistani Islamic seminaries, and it overran the Afghan capital Kabul on 27 September 1996. the scholars’ objective, as they claimed then, was once to revive order and defense, and to place an finish to the chaos brought on by the govt of the Mujahideen, which fought the Soviets from 1979 to 1989.

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