Islamophobia in Western Visual Media

Document Type : Research Paper

Authors

1 University of Tehran

2 Associate Professor of Sociology, Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute

Abstract

Islamophobia (or more precisely ‘unfounded fear, prejudice and discrimination towards Islam and Muslims’) through social, economic and political deprivation has harmful effects on Muslims’ everyday lives. Media are the most prominent tools to reach this goal. Some analysts even believe that “western media” are the primary sources of Islamophobia. Among the various types of media, “Visual Media” are probably the most effective opinion makers in the west. So in this article, Islamophobia in cinema (especially Hollywood as a famous symbol of that) and television programs including news, documentaries, animations, etc. will be discussed. ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' '

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