Islamophobia, Representation and the Muslim Political Subject: A Swedish Case Study

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Applying media analysis, this article addresses how the exclusion of Muslim women from fields of common public interest in Sweden, such as partaking as an active citizen, is materialized. Focusing on a specific event—the cancellation of a screening of Burka Songs 2.0—and the media coverage and representation of the cancellation, it discusses the role of discourses of gender equality, secularity and democracy in circumscribing space for Muslim political subjects. It casts light on Islamophobic stereotyping, questionable democracy and secularity, as well as the over-simplified approaches to gender equality connected to dealings with Muslim women in Sweden. Besides obstacles connected to Muslim political subjects, the study provides insights into media representation of Muslim women in general, specially connected to veils and the role of lawmaking connected to certain kind of veiling, in Sweden and Europe.

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  • History of Religions

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  • Islamophobia, Muslim political subjects, Burka Songs 2.0, representation, gender equality
Original languageEnglish
JournalSocieties
Volume8
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Dec 9
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes