Unveiling the American-Muslim press

Unveiling the American-Muslim press: News agendas, frames, and functions

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This study compares the coverage of two major American-Muslim publications, they reveal themselves to be overwhelmingly UScentric, focusing on domestic political and community affairs rather than the so-called ‘Muslim world’. It unveils a broad understanding of the subjects and issues that American-Muslim media consider important and explores the diversity of the American-Muslim press. The papers sheds light on the news agendas, frames, and functions of the American-Muslim press while simultaneously extending the theoretical understanding of minority media.

Abstract

The growing scholarly literature on Muslims and the media in the United States has paid little attention to the American-Muslim press. This study compares the coverage of two major American-Muslim publications, the bimonthly news magazine Islamic Horizons and the weekly tabloid Muslim Journal, at four key moments beginning with 9/11. Content analysis (N = 576) indicates both publications are overwhelmingly UScentric, focusing on domestic political and community affairs rather than the so-called ‘Muslim world’. Aiding Muslim assimilation into American society emerges as the most important function of the American-Muslim press. However, Muslim Journal attends almost exclusively to black Muslims while Islamic Horizons emphasizes the coverage of immigrant Muslims from the Middle East and South Asia – reflecting and reproducing a historical schism within American-Muslim society. The study also reveals how minority media can reinforce power structures within the minority community and thus serve as a means of social control.

 

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Saif Shahin
Unveiling the American-Muslim press: News agendas, frames, and functions Journalism 1464884914545376, first published on August 14, 2014 doi:10.1177/1464884914545376

 

 

     
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