Images of Muslims in Evangelical Christian and Secular Right-Wing Discourse

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Images of Muslims in Evangelical Christian and Secular Right-Wing Discourse
Author(s) Steiner, Kristian
Date 2012
English abstract
This is a comparative content analysis of the construction of Islam and Muslims in two Swedish publications—the newspaper Världen idag and the journal SD-Kuriren, the official organ of the Sweden Democrats—representing the Swedish Evangelical Christian right and the Swedish political right, respectively. The aim is to see both agreement and differences in their Muslim-related discourse from 2006–2007. Both news products share basic assumptions about Muslims and Islam. The main theme in the editorials and articles is the Muslim threat, in some cases combined with a Western retreat. Världen idag also focuses on Islam’s alleged incompatibility with democracy. In both media Muslims are consistently described as aggressive and are seen as the cause of different problems. Lastly, in both media products, Muslims are related to negative behavior; good Muslim behavior is constantly disregarded, while bad behavior is assumed to reflect their true character.
Publisher University of Nebraska at Omaha
Host/Issue ID: International Dialogue, A Multidisciplinary Journal of World Affairs;
Volume 2
ISSN 2155-160X
Pages 3-33
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Christian Evangelical press
media image
Muslim
Världen idag
SD-Kuriren
enemy image
Orientalism
Sverigedemokraterna
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/18450 (link to this page)

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