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Title: Changing British values as a factor in anti-Muslim sentiment : a study of online comments
Author: El-Hady, Ziad
ISNI:       0000 0004 7656 0506
Awarding Body: SOAS University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis looks at the perception of Islam and Muslims from non-Muslims in Britain within the context of moral values and changing British society. I will be looking at four issues of moral contention prevalent in anti-Muslim discourses today. These are expressed through online comments posted beneath relevant articles published on three major British online news sites: the Huffington Post (UK), The Guardian, and the Mail Online. This choice of data intends to avoid the social desirability bias, revealing opinions and sentiments that may not be readily expressed in public or in an interview. The four morally contentious issues examined will be: (1) the wearing of the Muslim face-veil (niqab or burqa) in a secular, western society; (2) homosexuality and its debated compatibility with Islam/being a Muslim; (3) Polygyny - the questionable permissibility for a Muslim man to have up to four wives in Britain; and (4) the Prophet's marriage to Aisha, which raises charges of paedophilia. In each topic, I will be drawing out the character of these criticisms with support of both previous studies of relevance and from various theoretical frameworks within racism, orientalism, integration threat theory and queer theory. This will hopefully produce a clear representation of the nature of the moral critique in question, elucidating their common themes, characteristics and relevant debates. Where possible, I will also consider how such arguments have shifted or originated over time. This will require looking historically from as far back as the medieval and Victorian era to pre and post-9/11, locating the contentions in their relevant social and historical contexts. This approach hopes to reveal more valuable insights into the criticisms themselves, as well as broader insights into how the Muslim community is vilified.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral