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This paper analyzes the role of the media in this age of information technology in
diminishing Muslims' self confidence. The propaganda of the West and the war it
has been waging on Islamophobic sentiments intensified after the September 11
tragedy in 2001, to which the image of Islam has been more tarnished like never
before, leading to the loss of self-confidence amongst Muslims in representing Islam.
By recourse to textual analysis of selected printed and electronic media from Western
as well as Muslim countries, this paper finds that the media has played a significant
role in constructing public opinion on Islam and to a great extent has resulted in
the increase of Islamophobic sentiments among non-Muslims in addition to the loss
of Muslim self-confidence. Since the media is controlled by Western elites and
corporations, the information on this broader Islamic threat have been
overwhelmingly anti-Islamist in orientation and opposed the influence of Islam on
the social and political life of Muslims. 'Islamic' sources of information, on the other
hand, have also been misleadingly triumphant in tone, trumpeting success that has
been exaggerated or unrepresentative of broader trends. This paper suggests that
Islamically-oriented sources should strategically position and reconstruct Islam
more meaningfully and effectively when tackling public opinion.
Keywords: Islamophobia, self-confidence, media, constructing opinion, and propaganda
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