Shenaz Bunglawala

Engaging young Muslims with the media and civic society

Focus on the media and Muslims which is primarily concerned with false and damaging representations can frame Muslim individuals and communities as passive, disempowered victims. This chapter analyses the strategies of the ENGAGE organisation to enhance critical media literacy in society at large and encourage Muslims, particularly young Muslims, to engage vigorously with mainstream media, civic society, the political process and wider community life. It also examines the social and political imperatives which are driving this enterprise and concludes with several critical observations on diversity and press regulation in the light of matters emerging through the Leveson Inquiry.

Keywords: media and Muslims, representation of Muslims, media literacy, civic society, media engagement


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