Editor: Syed Farid Alatas

Publisher: Centre for Research on Islamic and Malay Affairs (RIMA) and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAF), Singapore

ISBN: 981-05-4872-9

Published: 2005

No. of pages: 181

This book is a documentation of the presentations made at the International Seminar on “Covering Islam: Challenges & Opportunities for Media in the Global Village,” held in Singapore in 2005, under the auspices of the RIMA and the KAF Singapore.

Written by a mix of scholars and media practitioners, these articles address theoretical issues as well as provide anecdotal evidences in charting the terrains of the media coverage of Islam. They encompass the broad ethical underpinnings of media practices and comparison of the East and West coverage of Islam. Case studies of Western, American and Malaysian media address the challenges that both the Muslim and non-Muslim-controlled media need to address. The book wraps up with prospects of harnessing inter-religious harmony through media agencies.

Although the media coverage of Islam is as much discussed topic, the papers of this seminar as well as the chapters of this volume, attempt to discuss a number of different aspects of the problem instead of engaging in the usual “revelations” of Western media bias as far as reporting on Islam is concerned. This compendium of scholarly articles discusses issues surrounding the presentation of religion and ideology in the modern world and aims to seal gaps in interfaith understanding that could have existed due to media representations on inter-religious, civilization and ethnic tensions. It is also a platform where concerns of the media are aired as well, leading to a better appreciation of its role in the development of civic society.


Preface by Syed Farid Alatas

Four Years after September 11th: The Failure of Western Media by Stephen Schwartz

Globalisation of Media Ethics and Localisation of Media Values by John Richard Gee

Is Objective Reporting on Islam Possible? Contextualizing the “Demon” by Syed Farid Alatas

Islamic Imagery and American Policy by Yusef J. Progler

Right, Left & Wrong: A Comparison of East and West Coverage of Islam by Sunni M. Khalid

Religious Ideas: Islam in the Malay Press by Ahmad Murad Merican

Harnessing Inter-Religious Harmony through Media Agencies by Haidar Bagir


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