News Media Racialization of Muslims: The Case of Nerikes Allehanda’s Publishing of the Mohamed Caricature

  • Mahitab Ezz El DinEmail author
Part of the Approaches to Social Inequality and Difference book series (ATSIAD)


This chapter aims at discussing in what ways media contributes to the racialization of Muslims and how the Muslim identity is constructed in their reporting by creating various forms of “us” versus “them.” I use critical discourse analysis (CDA) to study the media coverage of the Swedish newspaper Nerikes Allehanda’s (NA) publishing of the Mohamed caricature case in two UK online mainstream outlets (BBC News and The Guardian) and two online mainstream US outlets (CNN and The New York Times [NYT]) over a six-month period.

The results show that previous studies primarily focus on dichotomous constructions of the “us” and “them.” However, in this study, the analysis confirms the conventional dichotomy while also showing new alternative forms of identity constructions that incorporate the global Other.


Racialization (De)racialization Anti-Muslim racism Muslim identity Media constructions Othering 


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  1. 1.Örebro UniversityÖrebroSweden

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