Political and Cultural Representations of Muslims

Islam in the Plural


Relations between Muslims and non-Muslims have received unprecedented attention since 9/11. In many predominantly non-Muslim countries intense debates have focused on international relations with Muslim-majority states, but dilemmas of national policy and practice in incorporating domestic Muslim minorities have also provoked heated argument. Meanwhile, within predominantly Muslim societies, and within Muslim diasporas, relationships with non-Muslims have posed pressing questions about compatibility, antagonism or adaptation of beliefs, identities and customs. The essays forming this multidisciplinary collection analyse concerns arising from clashing perceptions of Muslims in the political and cultural spheres: the majority of chapters deal with non-Muslim representations of Muslims, but several chapters reverse the perspective by examining Muslims’ own understandings of their relationships with non-Muslim societies.

Contributors include: Ahmed K. al-Rawi, Ebru Ş. Canan-Sokullu, Tereza Capelos, Gaetan Clavien, Danila Genovese, Matteo Gianni, Signe Kjær Jørgensen, Priyasha Kaul, Chloe Patton, Timothy Peace, Mirjam Shatanawi, Dunya van Troost, and John Turner.
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Biographical Note

Christopher Flood, D.Phil. (1981) University of Oxford, is Emeritus Professor in the School of Politics, University of Surrey. His books and articles have centred on ideological discourses, political myth, and defensive nationalism. His most recent book (co-authored with Stephen Hutchings, Galina Miazhevich and Henri Nickels) is Islam, Security and Television News (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

Stephen Hutchings, Ph.D. (1987) University of Durham, is Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Manchester and President of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies. He has published widely on the Russian media and recently completed a major grant project on European television representations of Islam.

Galina Miazhevich, Ph.D. (2007) University of Manchester, is Gorbachev Media Research Fellow at Christ Church, Oxford. She is also an associate of the Reuters Institute for Journalism, University of Oxford, and was previously a Research Associate at the University of Manchester. She has published extensively on media and socio-cultural change in post-communist societies.

Henri C. Nickels, Ph.D. (2005), University of Amsterdam, is Programme Manager - Social Research at the EU Fundamental Rights Agency. He has published articles on the social construction of Muslim and Irish communities, recently including “De/constructing ‘Suspect’ Communities,” Journalism Studies (2012).

Table of contents

List of Contributors
Uncovering an Islamic Paradigm of International Relations - John Turner
Representation and Self-Representation of Radical Islamism in the UK: Through the Mirroring Lens of the Political Self - Danila Genovese
Why Wear a Headscarf in Parliament? Danish Secularist, Nationalist and Feminist Ideas about Muslims - Signe Kjær Jørgensen
“People Think Our Lives Are Dark.” Diasporic Resistance to the Metaphoric Darkening of Female Islamic Identity - Chloe Patton
Reason, Passion, and Islam: The Impact of Emotionality and Values on Political Tolerance - Tereza Capelos & Dunya Van Troost
Islamophobia and Turcoscepticism in Europe? A Four Nation Study - Ebru Ş. Canan-Sokullu
Representing Gender, Defining Muslims? Gender and Figures of Otherness in Public Discourse in Switzerland - Matteo Gianni & Gaetan Clavien
The French Anti-Racist Movement and the ‘Muslim Question’ - Timothy Peace
Foreign Policy and its Impact on Arab Stereotypes in English-Language Popular Fiction of the 1970s-80s - Ahmed K. al-Rawi
Exploring Anwar: Religion, Identity and Nationalism - Priyasha Kaul
Curating against Dissent: Museums and the Public Debate on Islam - Mirjam Shatanawi


Faculty members and university students of all levels studying contemporary public representations and (self-)perceptions of Muslims in non-Muslim societies (articulated in politics, media, arts and literature).


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