8.2.1 Developments in the British Muslim press
The next activity examines another kind of contra-flow – the development of an independent English language Muslim media, especially newspapers and magazines, in the UK. In this transcript from an audio interview, Dr Sameera Ahmed sketches developments in the British Muslim press from 1988-2008.
Activity 32 Interview with Dr Sameera Ahmed
Read the transcript below, and note your answers to the questions. When you have finished, reveal the discussion and check your answers against those provided.
Please click ‘Reveal comment’ to read the interview.
Activity 33 Questions related to the interview
- How did the British Muslim press respond to The Satanic Verses controversy (also known as the Rushdie Affair), and what developments followed?
- What further developments have taken place since 9/11?
- The volume of Muslim publications increased. Both new and existing titles such as Q News and Muslim News took on new roles, including responding to presentations of Muslims in the mainstream media, raising issues for debate within the Muslim community.
- Since 9/11 some publications have taken on the role of unofficial spokespeople for the Muslim community, including mediating between the Muslim community and the mainstream press, publicising Muslim scholars condemnation of the attacks, and taking up the cause of Muslims held under anti-terror legislation.