Part B: Portrayals of Islam and Muslims in the media

Look at the following six headlines and article introductions that represent a selection of news items related to Islam.  Some of these headlines and introductions may work to reinforce stereotypical, or simplified views about Muslims and Islam.  Others may challenge more commonly held perceptions.

While each of these articles is about a specific person or event, generalised ideas about Muslims and Islam may also be perceived by readers.  What conclusions about Islam and Muslims might a reader draw from looking at each of these articles?

The articles are presented two at a time.  If you are interested you may like to follow the links to the full articles.

A motley group full of fury

OPERATION Martyrdom was to be 20 minutes of mayhem that would leave many Australian soldiers dead and a bunch of Australian Islamic extremists supposedly in paradise...

Norrie Ross, Herald Sun, December 24 2010

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Female 'peace warriors' win Nobel

THE 2011 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to three female winners.  Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee and Yemeni women's rights activist Tawakkul Karman will all share the prestigious honour...

NewsCore, October 07 2011

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What stereotypes about Islam and Muslims are reinforced or challenged by these two articles?