AbstractThe portrayal of Islam in a hostile relationship
with rationality, liberty, and tolerance, leads to a
politics of identity were a marginalized
community embattles to re-affirm and resist the
tarnished face. The bigoted perception of Islam as
a political, economic, and social threat reinforces
the unfounded Islamophobia and needs
production of counter-narrative by scholars and
researchers believing in humanity and equality.
This paper aims to explore the discursive
construction of Islam through the use of E-media
caricatures. Discourse historical approach
(DHA) is used to analyze the discourse of 16 Emedia caricatures disseminated on the World
Wide Web in the years 2017 and 2018. The
analysis demonstrates the discursive strategies
namely referential strategy, predication,
argumentation and intensification used in the
(mis)representation and (de)legitimization of
the face of Islam in the E-Media. This study gives
a deeper insight into the issue of the negative
identity construction of Islam using caricatures
1-Sarwet Rasul Associate Professor, Department of English, Fatima Jinnah University, Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan.2-Azka Khan Lecturer, Post Graguate College PAF, Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan. 3-Shumaila Mazhar Associate Professor, Department of English, Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University, Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan.
KeywordsDiscourse Historical Approach (DHA), Discriminating Discourse, Socio Semiotic Analysis, Polarizing Discourse.
Volume & IssueIV - II