Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Evaluating the “New York Times'” framing of Islam and Muslims pre- and post-9/11
by Ahmed, Sara J., M.A., University of Houston, 2007, 87; 1443827
Abstract (Summary)

Media play an integral role in forming, the publics' perception on matters of all dimension, varying from the small, entertainment tidbits to the wide-ranging world affairs. This research examines how the news publication, the New York Times, framed the keywords Muslim and Islam before and after the 9/11 attacks. Qualitative and quantitative content analyses were used to evaluate articles published 30-days before and after 9/11/2001. Pre-9/11 data set included analysis of 40 articles for the keyword Islam and 47 articles for the keyword Muslim. Post-9/11 data set included analysis of 139 articles for the keyword Islam and 160 articles for the keyword Muslim.

Results for the pre-9/11 articles indicated that a framework emphasizing the Israeli and Palestinian conflict in Jerusalem dominated both Islam and Muslim data sets, Post-9/11 data sets showed disparate frameworks for the Islam and Muslim articles. Islam was most frequently employed in the context of violence, whereas Muslim was most often applied using a reconciliatory and patriotic frame.

Indexing (document details)
School: University of Houston
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: MAI 45/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Journalism, Mass media
Publication Number: 1443827
ISBN: 978-1-109-82453-7
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