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The myth of the terrorist as a lover: Competing Regional Media Frames
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3709-4808
2015 (English)In: Covering Bin Laden: Global media and the world's most wanted man / [ed] Susan Jeffords, Fahed Al-Sumait, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 2015Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This chapter focuses on media coverage of bin Laden and how it depicted his relationship with his wives, particularly the sixth one, Amal Assadah, who was rumored to have shielded bin Laden when the American commandos shot him. It argues that the main difference between the coverage in Arab media versus Anglo-American news media is that the former focused on the issues surrounding bin Laden and his family, foregrounding the wives' support of bin Laden as part of their duty as virtuous Muslim women. Anglo-American media, however, chose to focus on the image of bin Laden as a sexual being, thereby contributing to the myth of bin Laden as a neurotic evil. Both regions focused on these wives as mainly emotionally or religiously motivated to follow bin Laden rather than on their political and ideological motivations. The chapter begins with a brief discussion about the role of myth in the news-making process, focusing on the myths surrounding bin Laden's sexuality. It then presents examples of pan-Arab and Anglo-American coverage.

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Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 2015.
Keywords [en]
arab media, media studies, Osama Bin Laden, terrorism
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Media and Communications Media Studies
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Media and Communication Studies; Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-149595DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038860.003.0006ISBN: 9780252038860 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-149595DiVA, id: diva2:1163194
Available from: 2017-12-06 Created: 2017-12-06 Last updated: 2017-12-18Bibliographically approved

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