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Religions 2018, 9(10), 319; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9100319

“Don’t Freak We’re Sikh”—A Study of the Extent to Which Australian Journalists and the Australian Public Wrongly Associate Sikhism with Islam

Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University Brisbane, 176 Messines-Ridge Road, Brisbane 4122, Australia
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Received: 25 July 2018 / Revised: 14 October 2018 / Accepted: 16 October 2018 / Published: 18 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Anti Muslim Racism and the Media)
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Abstract

This study emerged from an incidental, and somewhat surprising, finding that 15 percent of working journalists who attend training on improving the ways that mainstream new media report stories about Islam and Muslims, wrongly associated Sikhism with Islam. We wondered if this was indicative of the Australian population and, through a random stratified survey of the Australian population, found that it was. The question about the extent to which populations wrongly associate Sikhism with Islam is an important one. In Australia, Muslims and Sikhs are minorities. Ignorance of Islam and its religious diversity coupled with ignorance of Muslims and their ethnic and cultural diversity underpins the intolerance of Islam in the West and the concomitant animus directed at Muslims. Intolerance and violence directed at Muslims and people wrongly assumed to be Muslims (such as Sikhs) increased after the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001 (9/11). This speaks to religious literacy, the treatment of religious minorities and raises important questions around educating various publics (including the news media) about both Islam and Sikhism. It also speaks to the role of the mainstream news media in perpetuating Islamophobia, and its detrimental flow-on effects to Muslims and Sikhs. View Full-Text
Keywords: Islam; Muslims; Sikhism; Australia; news media; journalists’ knowledge; marginalisation Islam; Muslims; Sikhism; Australia; news media; journalists’ knowledge; marginalisation
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O’Donnell, K.; Ewart, J.; Chrzanowski, A. “Don’t Freak We’re Sikh”—A Study of the Extent to Which Australian Journalists and the Australian Public Wrongly Associate Sikhism with Islam. Religions 2018, 9, 319.

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