A Look Back at Media Coverage of Islam and Islamic Law in 2012

Huff Post: Krystina Friedlander.

Anti-Islam Messages Dominate Media.

Hate Crimes Against Muslims Remain High.

Anti-sharia Legislation in the United States.

This has been a big year for Islam and Islamic law in American media. As politicians vied for local and national office, anti-sharia messages — and sometimes overtly anti-Islam messages — were broadcast across the media, at times functioning to normalize anti-Islam discourse. Turmoil in places like Egypt and Mali ensured that there were plenty of stories with “sharia” in the forefront, but little contextualization for the average reader to give a sense of what Islamic law means in those places. As we look back at media coverage in 2012, a number of trends emerge, ranging from regional and national hotspots like Tennessee and Egypt; in specific areas, such as gender and Islamophobia; and in wider issues of how Islamic law was covered and who was cited by the media as an authority.

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