Misleading perspectives on Islamic religion

Misleading perspectives on Islamic religion

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The article that I have chosen to write about is one that deals with the Islamic religion. It explains to us that as Canadians our view on Islam’s religion is distorted because of the media. Our media is content on telling us how extremists twist the religion to suit their desires. According to the article the media also tends to try to explain what ‘true’ Islam is and the differences between the extremists and the rest of the religion. This can be beneficial to Canadians but also it is a limited perspective from the media. Western society’s battle against the extremists is only a part of what is happening in the religion, the real battle is within Islamic culture. The article also makes a good point near the end saying how Islam isn’t the first religion to have a separation of belief.

This article can be tied to the fact that in the past 100 years, as mentioned in class, Islam has been growing exponentially. Information on Islam is becoming more and more available for the general public. The article explains how this information can be distorted and we must try and not take everything at face value. Also relating to the textbook we are explicitly evaluating the Islamic religion through the media rather than our own implicit observations. Local papers now find it important to keep Canadians informed on the variants within the religion that could be tied into the growth of the religion in western society.

After reading this article I agree with the points brought up about how in western society we tend to listen to the media without doing additional research. Due to the media organizations’ understanding of human nature and the appeal of shocking and entertaining news we are often led to believe the information made available to us – especially, outrageous and highly biased stories. I believe it is important for people in western society to be mindful when reading these types of news stories as they often only offer one perspective on a much more complicated issue.

-AM

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4 thoughts on “Misleading perspectives on Islamic religion

  1. I agree that the media distorts reality to shape the reader’s views based on what they want people to believe. The media coverage on ISIS and other extremist groups leads many people to assume all Islamists are bad. When these extremist groups become the focus of media coverage it becomes hard to separate truth from bias. Western media is a secondary source for the reality in Islam because they are not there experiencing what is actually happening; therefore the information we receive is explicit. Islam has been considered a world religion since 1905 but in my opinion, we still do not know a whole lot about it in Western culture. The only time we really hear about it is when a religious crisis breaks out but we don’t look into why these conflicts are occurring. Islam and Christian culture are both based on Abramic Traditions so I think we should look at the similarities when trying to understand Islam culture. Instead of focusing on the negative or extremist parts of Islamic religion we need to take a step back and understand the many different forms of Islamic culture that are practiced.

    RM
    #200

  2. I agree that the media distorts reality to shape the reader’s views based on what they want people to believe. The media coverage on ISIS and other extremist groups leads many people to assume all Islamists are bad. When these extremist groups become the focus of media coverage it becomes hard to separate truth from bias. Western media is a secondary source for the reality in Islam because they are not there experiencing what is actually happening; therefore the information we receive is explicit. Islam has been considered a world religion since 1905 but in my opinion, we still do not know a whole lot about it in Western culture. The only time we really hear about it is when a religious crisis breaks out but we don’t look into why these conflicts are occurring. Islam and Christian culture are both based on Abramic Traditions so I think we should look at the similarities when trying to understand Islam culture. Instead of focusing on the negative or extremist parts of Islamic religion we need to take a step back and understand the many different forms of Islamic culture that are practiced.

  3. It is true that the media exaggerates or bends the truth in order to catch the readers attention. Readers are the most interested in hearing extreme stories about things happening around the world. This is inherently the case with whats going on in the Middle East right now with ISIS. It is skewing the western worlds view on Islam. There are over a billion muslims around the globe and the actions of a few, the only ones we hear about, are changing the worlds opinion on an entire group. It’s interesting that we hear less about other extremist groups around the world, such as Christian extremist in the United States, than we do about the extremist in the Middle East.

    The bottom line when it come to the media is profit. Everything they do is to turn a profit. Because of this they are going to report information that people will find interesting, but that might not necessarily be the most truthful. This is why I would say we need to take everything we see in the media with a grain of salt and maybe do a bit more digging when we see things such as issues with Islam in the Middle East.

  4. It is true that the media exaggerates or bends the truth in order to catch the reader’s attention. Readers are the most interested in hearing extreme stories about things happening around the world. This is inherently the case with what’s going on in the Middle East right now with ISIS. It is skewing the western worlds view on Islam. There are over a billion Muslims around the globe and the actions of a few, the only ones we hear about, are changing the world’s opinion on an entire group. It’s interesting that we hear less about other extremist groups around the world, such as Christian extremist in the United States, than we do about the extremist in the Middle East.

    The bottom line when it comes to the media is profit. Everything they do is to turn a profit. Because of this they are going to report information that people will find interesting, but that might not necessarily be the most truthful. This is why I would say we need to take everything we see in the media with a grain of salt and maybe do a bit more digging when we see things such as issues with Islam in the Middle East.

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