Islam and Muslims in the Domestic and International Context: Moving beyond Media Sound Bites
Islam And Muslims In The Domestic And International Context: Moving Beyond Media Sound Bites
Lecture by: Dr. Scott C. Alexander, Director of the Catholic-Muslim Studies Program Catholic, Theological Union, Chicago, IL
There is hardly a person who watches television, reads a newspaper, or listens to the radio who has not formed some opinion about Islam and Muslims. There are many reasons for this, most of which have to do with various perceptions of the roles played by Islam and Muslims in domestic and international politics. One of the problems, however, with media attempts to understand these "roles" is that these attempts are almost always superficial and thus often inaccurate. Building on a basic premise in the critical study of religion, this presentation identified salient issues in the mass media coverage of Islam and Muslims, and explored key complexities left unaddressed by the average media sound bite.
Atlantic Institute hosted Dr. Scott Alexander at Florida International University on February 6, 2015, to give a talk about different perceptions of Muslims and Islam in the western world. The talk was attended by over 50 students and professors at FIU. Dr. Alexander gave different examples of Muslim sterotypes from all around the world. He argued that the underlying source for some of the major problems in the Islamic world, such as vioalence, should not be seeked in Islam itself, but rather in political, social, and other conflicts among nations. The talk also identified salient issues in the mass media coverage of Islam and Muslims, and seeks to explore key complexities left unaddressed by the average media sound bite.