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dc.contributor.authorMezghanni, Samar Samir
dc.date.accessioned2018-11-15T12:20:49Z
dc.date.available2018-11-15T12:20:49Z
dc.date.issued2018-11-24
dc.date.submitted2018-04-30
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/285106
dc.description.abstractThe portrayal of Muslims in British mainstream media, particularly newspapers, is a subject of significant academic interest. Previous studies find that British newspapers frequently represent Muslims as a distinct and homogenous group, associating them with terrorist groups and framing them as a cultural threat. Orientalist representations have been observed, depicting Muslims as inherently problematic. Nevertheless, Muslims’ own self-representation remains understudied and underexamined. This research analyses the discourse of the Muslim News, the oldest, most enduring English-language newspaper catering to Muslims in the United Kingdom. Using Corpus Analysis and Critical Discourse Analysis, this thesis explores the similarities and differences in the discourses of the Muslim News and British mainstream newspapers from 1998 to 2009. The findings reveal that, while reproducing some narratives observed in mainstream press, the Muslim News (the MN) is introducing new representations that ‘pitch’ alternative stories about Muslims in the media. While sustaining certain representations, such as the collectivisation of Muslims, the MN challenges mainstream discourse. It highlights Islamophobic attacks that Muslims are subject to, including their negative portrayal in mainstream press, and suggests that these hegemonic representations are part of a ‘Muslim penalty’. Furthermore, the MN counters mainstream news by taking Muslims outside the frames of representation that associate them with terrorism, conflict and violence. Sports coverage consistently emerges in the MN as an important space to re-negotiate and reframe mainstream media discourses on Muslims. Sports stories maintain newsworthiness while enabling the MN to diverge from the negative coverage of Muslims in mainstream press and celebrate Muslim champions. Comparing such representations in a newspaper by and for Muslims to those produced by mainstream press further exposes contemporary Orientalist discourses and should be a subject of further study.
dc.description.sponsorshipCenter of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge Open Society Foundations
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dc.language.isoen
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dc.subjectMuslims in the UK
dc.subjectMuslims
dc.subjectMedia
dc.subjectOrientalism
dc.subjectMedia representations
dc.subjectSport
dc.subjectDiscourse analysis
dc.subjectCorpus analysis
dc.subjectMedia discourse
dc.subjectMuslim News
dc.subjectSelf representation
dc.titleThe Muslim News: Playing Muslims in the Media Pitch, Penalties and Sport Champions
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoral
dc.type.qualificationnameDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cambridge
dc.publisher.departmentAsian and Middle Eastern Studies
dc.date.updated2018-11-13T21:59:27Z
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.32477
dc.publisher.collegeGirton
dc.type.qualificationtitlePhD in Middle Eastern Studies
cam.supervisorSuleiman, Yasir
cam.thesis.fundingfalse
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2019-11-15


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