There is hardly a person who watches television, reads a newspaper,
or listens to the radio who has not formed some opinion about Islam and Muslims. There are many reasons for this, most of which have to do with various perceptions of the roles played by “Islam" and Muslims in domestic and international politics. One of the problems, however, with media attempts to understand these roles is that they are almost always superficial and thus often inaccurate. Building on a basic premise in the critical study of religion, this presentation by Dr. Scott Alexander identifies some of the problems with the mass media coverage of Islam and Muslims, and seeks to explore key complexities left unaddressed by the average media sound bite.
He will also speak the next day at the North Manchester campus.
Scott C. Alexander, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Islamic Studies
Director, Catholic-Muslim Studies
Chair, Department of Intercultural Studies and Ministry
Catholic Theological Union
Chair, Theological Education Committee, American Academy of Religion
Co-Editor, Journal of Muslim Philanthropy and Civic Engagement