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Official launch for book on Religion in the Media

salman book launch Friday 18 November 2016
Senior Lecturer in English Language ​Dr Salman Al-Azami's latest book Religion in the Media: A Linguistic Analysis (Palgrave Macmillan) was officially launched this week in London at an event organised by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB). ​

​The launch was chaired by ​former Secretary General of MCB Dr Shuja Shafi and panellists included the Head of BBC's Religion and Ethics Aaqil Ahmed and the Director of Christian-Muslim Forum Catorina Robertson.

Revealing some key findings of his book, Dr Al-Azami underscored the need for the media to be more responsible and sensitive, while depicting religions as their representations can have a significant impact on community relations. He emphasised that journalists should be more informed about religions to avoid reporting on them from ethnocentric perspectives.

Aaqil Ahmed ​spoke from his own experience and highlighted the need for regulation of print media, which does not have a regulatory body like Ofcom. 

Catorina Robertson said that media literacy about religions should not be about teaching theological aspects of religions, but on the cultural lives led by ordinary faith members. 

Dr Shuja Shafi of MCB highlighted the importance of engagements between faith groups and the media to create a better understanding between the two stakeholders.​

The event ended with a question and answer session with the audience thanking Dr Al-Azami for his timely book.

Religion in the Media: A Linguistic Analysis (Palgrave Macmillan)

English Language at Liverpool Hope University 

Dr Salman Al Azami - profile

Listen to Dr Salman Al-Azami on BBC Radio Merseyside (2:08 mins in) and catch him live on Indus (BBC Radio Manchester and BBC Radio Lancashire) this Sunday at 6.40pm.  

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