In the constant deluge of media coverage on Islam, Muslims are often portrayed as terrorists, refugees, radicals, or victims, depictions that erode human responses of concern, connection, or even a willingness to learn about Muslims. On Islam helps break this cycle with information and strategies to understand and report the modern Muslim experience. Journalists, activists, bloggers, and scholars offer insights into how Muslims are represented in the media today and offer tips for those covering Islam in the future. Interviews provide personal and often moving firsthand accounts of people confronting the challenges of modern life while maintaining their Muslim faith, and brief overviews provide a crash course on Muslim beliefs and practices. A concise and frank discussion of the Muslim experience, On Islam provides facts and perspective at a time when truth in journalism is more vital than ever.
Prologue: The Vision Behind Muslim Voices / Hilary Kahn
Chapter 1. Reflecting on Muslim Voices / Rosemary Pennington
Chapter 2. Shattering the Muslim Monolith / Arsalan Iftikhar
Chapter 3. So Near, Yet So Far: An Academic Reflection on the Endurance of American Islamophobia / Peter Gottschalk
Chapter 4. Life as a Muslim in the Media / Zarqa Nawaz
Chapter 5. The Prisons of Paradigm / Rafia Zakaria
Chapter 6. Unveiling Obsessions: Muslims and the Trap of Representation / Nabil Echchaibi
Chapter 7. How Does the British Press Represent British Muslims? Frameworks of Reporting in the UK Context / Elizabeth Poole
Chapter 8. How to Write about Muslims / Sobia Ali-Faisal and Krista Riley
Chapter 9. A Journalist Reflects on Covering Muslim Communities / Robert King
Chapter 10. Muslims in the Media: Challenges and Rewards of Reporting on Muslims / Ammina Kothari
Chapter 11. New Media and Muslim Voices / Rosemary Pennington
Voice 1. Faiz Rahman: Understanding Will Take Time
Voice 2. Sohaib Sultan: What Muslims Believe
Voice 3. Heather Akou: The Veil
Voice 4. Sheida Riahi: Arabic and Persian Calligraphy
Voice 5. Zaineb Istrabadi: The Sufi
Voice 6. Uzma Mirza: The Role of Women in Islam
Voice 7. Andre Carson: Life as a Muslim Politician
Voice 8. Sarah Thompson: Women in Islam, Converting
Voice 9. Daayiee Abdullah: Being Out and Being Muslim
Voice 10. Aziz Alquraini: Mosques—Houses of Prayer, Hearts of Communities
Crash Course in Islam
Crash Course 1. The Five Pillars of Islam
Crash Course 2. The Six Articles of Faith
Crash Course 3. The Profession of Faith
Crash Course 4. Do Muslims Worship Muhammad?
Crash Course 5. The Will of Allah
Crash Course 6. What Is Jihad?
Crash Course 7. What Is the Meaning of the Word "Islam"?
Crash Course 8. What Is a Fatwa?
Crash Course 9. The Qur'an: Just a Book?
Crash Course 10. Ishmael and Islam
Crash Course 11. Do Muslims Believe in Jesus?
Crash Course 12. The Crescent Moon and Islam
Crash Course 13. Muslim Prayer: How Do Muslims Pray?
Crash Course 14. Are Non-Muslims Allowed to Go to Mosque?
Crash Course 15. The Muslim Greeting
"The formal essays are equally fresh, candid, and direct. . . . 'Do Muslims Believe in Jesus?' and 'What is jihad?' Read this book to find the answers."~Bloom Magazine
This book goes a long way in combating Islamophobia and exposing how media representations often exacerbate the ignorant fear of Islam and Muslims." ~Publishers Weekly
"On Islam responds to a clear need of the political moment— the need for more interaction and discussion between journalists, writers and editors of various sorts, and academics. . . . At a time when many academics are drawn to work and writing addressed to the public, the collection represents one attempt to provide journalists writing about Muslims and Islam with a useful model for continuing this work in the future."~Journal of Islamic Studies
On Islam: Muslims and the Media couldn't appear at a more useful time. . . It is an indispensable guide for reporters and for anyone who wants to gain a more informed, nuanced view of the faith and its adherents." ~Bloom Magazine