Det islamiske fjendebillede

Jeppe Thomsen Albrechtsen, Adam Jørgensen, Dino Agovic, Mathias Reidl, Marcus Hauerslev Bendtsen, Amalie Stjerneby Hvid Nytoft & Wang Tah Mak

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In this study the development of the imaging of Muslims as an enemy in the West is examined. The project examines primarily political discourse, and focuses on four different speeches from Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. The project examines how these four presidents have described Muslims from 1979-2001, and what kind of enemy imaging is present in the different speeches. We have chosen to focus on this specific period, as a way to examine up until and including 9/11 2001, instead of focusing on the aftermath of the attack. The rhetorical and discursive focus is primarily on metaphors, and on how metaphors can be used to hide or conceal certain heated and controversial subjects as well as form a specific view of the world or the enemy. The main focus of the project is to problematize the way that the enemy is articulated in political discourse, and problematize the imaging of Muslims as an enemy. It is concluded that there is a development in the imaging of Islamists as an enemy, but the imaging is more subtle, than one might think at first. The strong imaging of Islamists and Muslims as an enemy is not very apparent until after the attack on World Trade Center in 2001.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato10 jun. 2013
VejledereMia Münster-Swendsen


  • Fjendebillede
  • Muslims
  • Islam
  • Udvikling