HIV/AIDS: Muslim voices and the Media in Kenya Term Paper

HIV/AIDS: Muslim voices and the Media in Kenya
Discusses the problem of HIV/AIDS in Kenya.
# 119557 | 1,799 words | 41 sources | APA | 2004 | KE
Published on May 09, 2010 in Medical and Health (General) , Hot Topics (General)

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This short essay attempts to raise critical questions in the HIV/AIDS discourse in Kenya. The author looks at the role of the media, Muslims, youth, and institutions in tackling the problem of HIV/AIDS in Kenya.

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"At the same time the western media- the vehicle through which the entire developing or under-developing world is be fashioned and socialized to look more or less like the west, has largely misunderstood the Muslim (youth) and indeed Islam, oversimplifying and reducing it to typologies of fundamentalist, traditionalist and modernist. Like the African, the Muslim has often been observed by a media wearing Eurocentric spectacles. The events of September 11 2001 in New York and Washington DC or August 7th 1998 certainly did not help matters, but perhaps the problem has to do with the relative failure by the west and the western media to completely change that Muslim into that blue-eyed Anglo-Saxon, secular or indifferent to religion, independent, "rational" and "free"
"Given this scenario i have often wondered what role the media is playing in shaping the lifestyles and worldview of the Muslim youth in this global village we are living in, and indeed vis-a-vis the HIV/AIDS crisis. The HIV/AIDS crisis is not just a biomedical problem but also a social-cultural, socio-economic and developmental problem that has affected almost every family in Kenya. It's consequences goes to the very heart, fabric and building block of the family, community and human society at large. Due to the moral questions surrounding the disease, the fact that it has no known cure yet and the complicated nature of it's management, it has opened up and intensified soul searching questions among the Muslim community and the country at large. The discourse has generally taken two road maps:"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Abdul-latif Sheikh (1993) HIV/AIDS: In an Islamic Perspective. Kenya Council of imams and Scholars.
  • Abdul-latif Sheikh (1993) The Role Of Imams In Combating HIV/AIDS Kenya Council of imams and Scholars.
  • Agha.S (2003) "The impact of a mass media campaign on personal risk perception, perceived self-efficacy and on other behavioral predictors "AIDS CARE 25 (6) 749-62
  • Alam S.M. Shamsul. 2002. "Modernity Counter-Modernity and the Crisis of Development Theory." African Journal of Sociology 5 (1) 65-92
  • Badri, Malik. 2000. The AIDS crisis; A natural product of modernity's sexual revolution.Medeena Books. Kuala Lumpur.

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