Another title in IKAM's series of Research Reports, 'Media Coverage of Islamic Economics' is out. It's been a busy year for us here at Research Center for Islamic Economics (IKAM), and it's not over yet. Towards the second half of year 2018, we have published the 2nd title in our research paper series totaling our research reports to 7 till date.
In order to understand how Islamic economics is perceived in media as one of the most important means of influencing the society, authors of this report, Dr. Necmettin Kizilkaya and Yasemin Meriç scanned 1856 pieces of news reported by 6 national newspapers and 6 journals between January 2012 and June 2017. How many times Islamic economics became a subject matter for news and what was its essence? Which concepts does the news covering Islamic economics refer to? What was the proportion of the news reported by conservative media and conventional media, and in which way the subject matter was handled by both? were some of the questions at the outset.
Some of the answers in the study distorted presumptions and brought new questions into mind. This study points out to a change, considering that Islamic economics was designed as an alternative paradigm and is regarded as an essential part of the Islam’s comprehensive worldview in the works of pioneers of this field. It is thought-provoking that Islamic economics, which is trapped mostly in the area of Islamic finance, is not seen as an alternative system by the media institutions, either.