AC W10 Stereotypes Muslims Struggling Against Stereotypes

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http://pluralism.org/ocg/CDROM_files/islam/struggling.php Struggling Against Stereotypes One of the most widely discussed issues in the U.S. Muslim community is the negative image of Islam in the American media. From the PBS television program "Jihad in America" to the "Crimson Jihad" depicted in the popular movie "True Lies," the image of Muslims in the media has become a cause of great concern. These uses of the term "jihad" are illustrative of the problem. As a pamphlet for the media published by the American Muslim Council explains, the word jihad "is more accurately translated as exertion of effort, not 'holy war.' The Prophet Muhammad said that the highest form of jihad is the personal struggle to make oneself a better Muslim." Appeals to the media for accuracy and fairness continue, while newspaper headlines regularly print the words "Islam" and "Muslim" next to words like "fanatic," "fundamentalist," "militant," "terrorist" and "violence." Meanwhile, events such as the Iranian revolution of 1979 and the subsequent hostage crisis, the wartime rhetoric of Saddam Hussein, and the World Trade Center
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This note was uploaded on 03/21/2012 for the course COMM 1000345 taught by Professor Mccloud during the Fall '10 term at Mohawk College.

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