Muslim Students Blame U.S. Media for Islamophobia

November 21, 2006 § 4 Comments

The Glimpse Foundation conducted a study on 130 young Muslim students (American-born and foreign-born) to identify what Muslims feel about the United States and Americans. To the organizations surprise they found that Muslim views of the United States and its citizens is not at all what the media might have you believe. The results also show that the Muslim students have a growing distrust of the U.S. media however, the students overall opinion of the U.S. and Americans is positive as discussed in a recent press release,

“Most Americans associate Islam with violence and hatred of the West, but a recent survey of 130 young Muslim adults studying in the United States–both American- and foreign-born–paints a very different picture. For example, although 87% of respondents believe that Americans do not understand Islam and 63% believe that Americans are prejudiced against Muslims, an overwhelming 80% have a “generally favorable view of Americans.” Seventy-two percent believe that Islamic values are compatible with Western values.” (K. Goodkin, Glimpse Quarterly; PRWeb)

Bridging the gap between the cultures is an important element in today’s socio-political climate. However, not much bridging can be done by mainstream media or legislative powers despite big budgets, bells and whistles. Rather media reform concerning Muslims will be the result of a growing platform of Muslim pundits on the Internet. Which may inspire a recession from the blind acceptance of mainstream media? Or will the possibility of losing news-wars to “mere Muslims” force Media giants like Fox News and CNN to curb the high doses of neo-conservative hubris worked into their local, regional, domestic and global news feeds.

In conclusion, we know one thing is for certain, that Muslim pundits are moblizing in many ways across the West and although a conclusive outcome is out of reach now, the general census among us is that we have the capacity to do what religious leaders and politicians could not on their own and that is to ‘bridge the gap’ by creating dialogue of Islam here in the West.

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§ 4 Responses to Muslim Students Blame U.S. Media for Islamophobia

  • Dirty Butter says:

    It’s blogs like yours, Abu Sahajj, that will eventually balance out the anti Muslim media hype. Keep up the good work.

  • Abu Sahajj says:

    “It’s blogs like yours, Abu Sahajj, that will eventually balance out the anti Muslim media hype.”

    Thank you DB for your very kind words… God Bless.

    wasalaam

  • radu ciubuc says:

    There is no “Islamophobia” but only reality involving the islam, reflected in 1200 years of violence and ongoing war to convert and enslave the west and the whole world under the “only and true faith of Islam”.
    Please do not think the “non-belieevers” are also uninformed and unable to read the “holly Koran” and study history.
    Go back to your camels and try to re-think the “phobia”.
    You can not survive because your ideology is based on total refute of progress and Islam is unable of progress of the human civilization as has been already proved by history. Islam did not create ANYTHING in arts, mathematics, physics, music, literature etc. So by logic is doomed to be aborted by civilization and by the real GOD.

  • Abu Sahajj says:

    “You can not survive because your ideology is based on total refute of progress and Islam is unable of progress of the human civilization as has been already proved by history.”

    I think that Islam as a philosophical principle applied to social structures, government and politics provides a greater scrutiny yes, “refute” no, but that scrutiny prevents the hap-hazzard leap and stumble forward with every innovation, scientific or otherwise. That scrutiny if applied well can be very useful in society to reinforce a high standard and quality of life for families and communities of people not just individuals with power and particular interests.

    “Islam did not create ANYTHING in arts, mathematics, physics, music, literature etc. So by logic is doomed to be aborted by civilization and by the real GOD.”

    Islam as an entity may or may not have, however certainly people, Muslims and non-Muslims have been inspired by Islam to create great works of art, of which I will be focusing on shortly, please give me some time and this blog will be showing you skeptics the benefits of Islam whehter it is of your particular taste or not.

    You see I am trying to create a space that will create a dialogue, for people, dare I say it again, I am creating a space for individuals to discuss life and humanity. I am a Muslim and as a result this space will be on an Islamic platform yet open to everyone and their opinions.

    But trolling is going to be discouraged and I am going to make a post on this… its entertaining but its scares people and their for is not beneficial to this site.

    wasalaam

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