Western media criticism of World Cup host Qatar ‘old orientalism refashioned for modern audience’


As Qatar makes history as the first Muslim country to host the FIFA World Cup, the language of Western media outlets about the tournament is being criticized as racist, Islamophobic, and orientalist.

Western criticisms of Qatar are “not about human rights, and the inconsistency is very clear. It is the old orientalism which was refashioned for a modern audience,” political scientist Muhammad Jalal, a lecturer and host of the Thinking Muslim podcast, told…

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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

I have 26 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and have been working as a full time freelancer since 2011. I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, and I graduated from Qatar University with a degree in journalism. I have worked for newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites. I speak fluent Arabic, French, English, Russian and Spanish.

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