Pointing the Finger: Islam and Muslims in the British Media (Paperback)

Pointing the Finger: Islam and Muslims in the British Media By Julian Petley, Robin Richardson Cover Image

Pointing the Finger: Islam and Muslims in the British Media (Paperback)


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The only detailed examination of how the British media treat Muslims

Uncovering endemic racism in the British Media

Ever since 9/11, Muslims and Islam have dominated the headlines in the UK. In this important book, several leading media commentators examine the phenomenon of ‘Islamophobia’ and ask how we can tackle it. Charting recent media controversies, from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s comments on Sharia law to the veil ‘debate’, the book argues that media hostility to Islam alienates Muslims and undermines efforts to combat extremism.
With interviews from Muslim journalists and examples of press-fuelled myths about Islam in Britain, this is a captivating insight into how Muslims are depicted in the West.
Julian Petley is professor of Film and Television at Brunel University. He is the author of several books on censorship, and has written for the Guardian and Independent.

Robin Richardson is Co-director of the Instead consultancy, focusing on issues of equality and diversity. His previous roles include director of the Runnymede Trust and chief inspector of education in the London borough of Brent. He is the author of Islamophobia: a challenge for us all.
Product Details ISBN: 9781851688128
ISBN-10: 1851688129
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication Date: May 1st, 2011
Pages: 320
Language: English
A timely and important book. With critical analysis of recent media coverage and suggestions for positive action, the authors advance the study of essential issues faced by multicultural societies today.
— Elizabeth Poole - Senior Lecturer in Media Studies, Staffordshire University and author of Reporting

"Required reading for scholars, students, activists, and journalists. A forensic examination of how Muslims are misrepresented in Britain's media."
— Arun Kundnani - Author of The End of Tolerance: Racism in 21st Century Britain and Visiting Fellow,

"This excellent collection of timely essays should be read by all with a civic concern for the growing divisions in our society."
— Tariq Modood - University of Bristol