SOAN 380

Islam and the Media

This course asks how Muslim cultures and Islamic practice are represented on evening news broadcasts, talk radio and in popular films, and also how the Islamic world has itself been transformed by the advent of new media technologies. The course is divided into three sections: an introduction to Islam; an exploration of how news and entertainment media in the U.S. and Europe represent the Islamic world; an exploration of the rise in mass media in the Islamic world. Attention is paid to the prominence of Islamic websites and Internet communication in subverting global media hierarchies.