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The representation of islam


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The representation of islam

  1. 1. The American vs British represenation
  2. 2.  The British definition of islam is ”The use of violence & intimidation in the means of political aims” & the American definition is ”the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”. They both agree that is in the means of political aims.  However, it has been stereotyped that terrorism has a direct link to Islam. Anyone by any race, religion or nationality can be a terrorist.
  3. 3. The Zeitgest of Islam pre-9/11  Islam was not a religion of high profile. However, Islam has been responsible for other terrorist attacks that took place before 9/11.  For example when a local imam and Muslim spiritual leader guns down a deputy sheriff and injures his partner in 17/3/2000.
  4. 4.  Islamists were stereotyped as terrorists in many people’s eyes.  The subject of Islam seems to be on a higher profile than ever before.  Almost every Islamic terror attack makes the headlines.
  5. 5.  Woman are thought to be oppressed in islam.  Different sects and denominations have different views on this. For example Sunni & Shia Muslims believe that a woman should be respected and not beaten whereas Muslim extremists (Wahhabis) believe that a man can and should beat his wife if she disobeys.  The media is not interested in the positive. The negative is what makes the headline news.  /11 raised the profile of Islam due to the amount of people that died
  6. 6.  Terrorism or the war on terror accounting for 36% of stories overall. This involved stories about terrorism trials, stories about the ‘war on terror’ and hostage taking.  Religious and cultural issues accounting for 22% of stories overall. This included discussions of Sharia Law, debates about the wearing of veils, dress codes, forced marriages.  Muslim extremism accounted for 11% of all stories. Stories about Abu Hamza as the single most newsworthy British Muslim.
  7. 7. This has been fairly classified as a terrorist attack since these men butchered a soldier in the pursuit of political aims.
  8. 8. 570 CE Birth of Muhammad 656 CE Uthman is murdered; Ali becomes caliph. 600 CE Ruling classes in East and West Africa convert to Islam. 680 CE Denominations of Shias and Sunnis begin 1100 CE The Muslim Population Rises 5% of the world 1400s CE Islam reaches the Philippines. 1750 CE The Wahhabi Movement Begins
  9. 9. s/Cardiff%20Final%20Report.pdf