Seeing through the archival prism: A history of the representation of Muslims on Dutch television
AbstractSince 9/11 and the murder of Theo van Gogh, Islam is centre-stage in the Dutch public debate and the media. Television coverage of Islam and Muslims has often presented particular stereotypes of the Dutch Muslim community, and has depicted Islam as monolithic and homogenous. This book offers an historical perspective to these recent developments and explores the history of Dutch television coverage of Muslims, from the arrival of the first Islamic guest workers in the sixties until the recent era of the 2000’s, in which Islam became such a salient and contested issue. By turning the spotlight on the historical dimensions of Dutch television coverage of Muslims and Islam, this study deepens the understanding of the emergence, the transformation, and the resilience of stereotypical stories and images of Muslims and Islam on Dutch television.