Discourse analysis on newspaper reports of apostasy cases

Azweed Mohamad, Radzuwan Ab Rashid, Kamariah Yunus, Shireena Basree Abdul Rahman, Saadiyah Darus, Razali Musa, Kamarul Shukri Mat Teh

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This paper aims to provide insights into the Malaysian newspaper reports on apostasy cases in the country. Being a Muslim country with multi-religions, apostasy is highly sensitive hence any issues related to apostasy need to be carefully managed. Four keywords (‘apostasy’, ‘apostate’, Ex-Muslim’, and ‘murtad’) were used to identify newspaper reports for the analysis. Two newspaper reports met the selection criteria and were analysed using a discourse analysis approach focusing on Grammatical Analysis, Macrostructures, and Rhetorical Structures. The analysis reveals that the report in New Straits Times, which is the right-wing newspaper, carries the voice of anti-apostate and disapproves the act of renouncing Islam. On the other hand, the report in The Malay Mail, which is the left-wing newspaper, carries the voice of pro-apostate. By deconstructing the newspaper reports, this paper contributes to the understanding of the agendas that have been subtly set in the news. This paper concludes that the two reports have been strategically constructed to serve the interests and promote the ideology of the two competing groups in the country (the pro-apostate and the anti-apostate groups), thus creating a balance in the multi-religious context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-111
Number of pages16
JournalJournal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies
Volume16
Issue number48
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

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Discourse Analysis
Apostasy
Religion
Muslims
Key Words
Islam
Rhetorical Structure
Straits
Ideology
Murtad
Macrostructure
Agenda
News

Keywords

  • Agenda
  • Anti-apostate
  • Apostasy
  • Malaysia
  • New Straits Times
  • Newspaper report
  • Pro-apostate
  • The Malay mail

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy

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Mohamad, A., Rashid, R. A., Yunus, K., Abdul Rahman, S. B., Darus, S., Musa, R., & Teh, K. S. M. (2017). Discourse analysis on newspaper reports of apostasy cases. Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies, 16(48), 96-111.

Discourse analysis on newspaper reports of apostasy cases. / Mohamad, Azweed; Rashid, Radzuwan Ab; Yunus, Kamariah; Abdul Rahman, Shireena Basree; Darus, Saadiyah; Musa, Razali; Teh, Kamarul Shukri Mat.

In: Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies, Vol. 16, No. 48, 01.12.2017, p. 96-111.

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Mohamad, A, Rashid, RA, Yunus, K, Abdul Rahman, SB, Darus, S, Musa, R & Teh, KSM 2017, 'Discourse analysis on newspaper reports of apostasy cases', Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies, vol. 16, no. 48, pp. 96-111.
Mohamad A, Rashid RA, Yunus K, Abdul Rahman SB, Darus S, Musa R et al. Discourse analysis on newspaper reports of apostasy cases. Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies. 2017 Dec 1;16(48):96-111.
Mohamad, Azweed ; Rashid, Radzuwan Ab ; Yunus, Kamariah ; Abdul Rahman, Shireena Basree ; Darus, Saadiyah ; Musa, Razali ; Teh, Kamarul Shukri Mat. / Discourse analysis on newspaper reports of apostasy cases. In: Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies. 2017 ; Vol. 16, No. 48. pp. 96-111.
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