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American Coverage of Immigration, Islam, and Identity in the UK and the Netherlands

Elizabeth Poole

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the American News Media

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780195395068
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195395068.013.0030

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 American Coverage of Immigration, Islam, and Identity in the UK and the Netherlands

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This article explores how American journalists cover religion in Europe, where issues of faith and church-state relations lead to differing interpretations of religio-ethnic news events, by analyzing U.S. newspaper coverage of the anti-Islamic Dutch MP Geert Wilders. A focus on Geert Wilders incorporates both the Netherlands and Britain into the analysis but also Europe more generally given that the case prompted a wider discussion of immigration and the place of Islam in European societies. After discussing the differing roles and perceptions of religion in the United States and Europe, the article considers the differing models of integration for immigrants on the two continents and demonstrates how this has played out in news coverage of Islam. An examination of the reporting of the Geert Wilders case shows how Islam in Europe is represented through a conflict frame that incorporates a discourse of immigration, cultural incompatibility, identity, liberalism, and freedom.

Keywords: religion; Europe; Islam; identity; Britain; Netherlands; United States; Geert Wilders; immigration; news coverage

Article.  6481 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Islam ; Interfaith Relations

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