Media and the issue of hijab and veil across European countries

Ab Halim, Asyiqin and Mohd Razif, Nor Fahimah and Paad, Nur Shahidah (2022) Media and the issue of hijab and veil across European countries. Journal of Al-Tamaddun, 17 (2). 203 -211. ISSN 18237517, DOI

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The issue of hijab has become a controversial and ongoing topic discussed mainly in European countries and has been perceived differently by the media. The discourse of hijab and its controversy, particularly in France, Netherland, Germany, as well as in the United Kingdom, has not been interpreted by the media according to the Islamic perspective, thereby implicitly creating tension between Muslims and the local society. Hence, the objective of this study is to examine the controversial issue of hijab that arose in the European countries by focusing on France, Netherland, Germany and the United Kingdom and how the issues have been reported and perceived by the media. This study employs a qualitative approach that applies library research focusing on data collection via secondary sources. Furthermore, the data are analysed according to thematic analysis in identifying and interpreting patterns and themes within the data obtained. The finding of this study shows the issue of hijab within European countries is regarding more on veil and purdah or niqab rather than headscarves as wearing of headscarves is commonly recognised by the European communities. As a conclusion, it is suggested for Muslims to be more visible in society and media in countering negative views and perceptions towards Muslim as well as in depicting constructive image of Islam. © 2022, Academy of Islamic Studies, Dept of Islamic History and Civilization, University of Malaya. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Funders: None
Uncontrolled Keywords: European countries; Hijab; Media; Muslim women
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > Communication. Mass media
Divisions: Academy of Islamic Studies
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2023 07:13
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2023 07:13

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