Making the ‘Other’ from ‘Us’: The Representation of British Converts to Islam in Mainstream British Newspapers

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There is now a great deal of literature that shows how Muslims and Islam are routinely represented in negative ways in the mainstream newspapers. With overt or covert reliance on Orientalist discourse, discourses of cultural clash and extremism, including terror are prevalent. Not only are Muslims less likely to feature in “normal” stories, abuse and prejudice against them is also more unlikely to constitute “news”. British converts to Islam have only recently began to receive more focussed attention, both in academia and in the mainstream press. Occupying a unique position in respect to the idea of the “other” and of integration in a multicultural society, converts offer a powerful point of critique of these concepts. The aim of this study is to understand how and in what discourses British converts to Islam are represented, and thereby contribute empirical work to these theoretical concerns.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-210
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Muslim Minority Affairs
Issue number2
Early online date16 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2017

Structured keywords

  • SPAIS Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship


  • British
  • Muslims
  • Converts
  • Mainstream Newspapers
  • Media


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