University Course in Women, Islam and the Media

19.01.2012

The University of East Anglia has developed a degree module to teach students about women, Islam and the media – topics, which are often found in close conjunction, but, as the Guardian notes, “not always in the happiest of circumstances”. The module with cover a variety of “inflammatory” topics, including veil wearing, arranged marriage and “honour” crimes. A particular focus is on the representation of Muslim women in the media and how this reflects biases in both the east and west. By offering the course, the convenor is hoping to challenge stereotypes often associated with Islam.