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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Representations of the War with Iraq: In Newsweek and Time Magazines

Sarmina Rahman.

I'm exploring perceptions of images of Arabs and Islam during the war with Iraq. The media has always essentialized Arabs and Islam as Edward Said has discussed in Covering Islam. Islam has been portrayed in media magazines, Newsweek and Time, by overuse of violent or graphic photos which in time become representations of Islam and Arabs to western world. Thus negative associations are created by recurrent use of these powerful photos. There are over one billion Muslims living within dozens of countries, with different languages, cultures, and histories but when the media uses pictures to describe terror or terrorists, Islam becomes the enemy or all the Arabs in the world are the "evil ones." So billions of people are gathered into one perception. This study is crucial to understanding current corporate media trends in light of increased terror and war. Newsweek and Time magazines will be studied to see how Islam and Arabs has become more essentialized. Orientalism is core to this research as well as other ideological frameworks works such as the "Clash of Civilizations" by Samuel Huntington.


Sarmina Rahman  (United States)
MA student in Geography
Department of Geography
University of Hawaii at Manoa

  • Media Representations
  • War with Iraq
  • Arab
  • Muslim
  • Islam
Person as Subject
  • Said, Edward

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)