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Religion in the Media: A Linguistic Analysis

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Salman Al-Azami
    Pages 105-192
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 219-244

About this book

Introduction

This ground-breaking book takes an interdisciplinary approach to language, religion and media using an audience-response study. In this book, the author investigates how the three Abrahamic faiths - Christianity, Judaism and Islam - are represented in mainstream British media and analyses how members of each religious group and those with no religion receive those representations. Employing Critical Discourse Analysis, Al-Azami considers the way the media use their power of language to influence the audience’s perceptions of the three religions through newspaper articles, television documentaries and television dramas. Chapter 3 presents the results of an original investigation into the responses of members of the three religious groups and those with no religion when exposed to those same media materials. The author applies the encoding/decoding model and also considers people’s views in face-to-face interactions compared to comments on online newspapers. Comprehensive in its analysis, this book will be of interest to students of Linguistics, Media Studies, Religious Studies, and Journalism.

Salman Al-Azami is Senior Lecturer in English Language at Liverpool Hope University. He previously taught at Edge Hill University and worked as a researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London. Dr Al-Azami has published widely on bilingualism and language in education, and has organised an international conference on religion and media.

Keywords

representation Critical Discourse Analysis audience response media language non-religious Christianity discourse discourse analysis interaction language media media studies Online religion television

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Liverpool Hope UniversityLiverpoolUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Salman Al-Azami is Senior Lecturer in English Language at Liverpool Hope University. He previously taught at Edge Hill University and worked as a researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London. Dr Al-Azami has published widely on bilingualism and language in education, and has organised an international conference on religion and media.

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Reviews

“Thoughtful and thought-provoking, based upon original research, Religion in the Media: A Linguistic Analysis offers fresh insights into how Islam, Judaism and Christianity are represented and then interpreted through a range of media in the UK. In this fascinating study Salman Al-Azami breaks new ground, demonstrating the value of linguistic and audience analysis for understanding the evolving and complex relationship between Religion and Media.” (Jolyon Mitchell, Professor, University of Edinburgh, UK)