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Pointing the Finger

Islam and Muslims in the British Media

Julian Petley Robin Richardson

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.

  • Publication date: April 1, 2011
  • ISBN: 9781851688128
  • RRP: £19.99
  • Pages: 320
  • Publication date: October 1, 2013
  • ISBN: 9781780744636
  • RRP: £10.99
  • Pages: 329

Julian Petley

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.

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Robin Richardson

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.

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