On Islam

Muslims and the Media

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Hilary E. Kahn, Rosemary Pennington
  • Bloomington, IN: 
    Indiana University Press
    , February
     174 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Diana Murtaugh Coleman forthcoming.


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.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Rosemary Pennington has been involved with Indiana University's Voices and Visions project since 2008, serving as project coordinator, podcast producer, and managing editor. 
She is Assistant Professor of Journalism at Miami University.

Hilary E. Kahn is Director of the Voices and Visions Project, Assistant Dean for International Education and Global Initiatives, and Director of the Center for the Study of Global Change in the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University. She is author of Seeing and Being Seen: The Q'eqchi' Maya of Guatemala and Beyond, and editor of Framing the Global: Entry Points for Research.

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