Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How by Edward W. Said

By Edward W. Said

During this vintage paintings, now up to date, the writer of Culture and Imperialism reveals the hidden agendas and distortions of indisputable fact that underlie even the main "objective" insurance of the Islamic world.

From the Iranian hostage trouble in the course of the Gulf warfare and the bombing of the area alternate middle, the yank information media have portrayed "Islam" as a monolithic entity, synonymous with terrorism and non secular hysteria. whilst, Islamic international locations use "Islam" to justify unrepresentative and sometimes repressive regimes. Combining political remark with literary criticism, Covering Islam keeps Edward Said's lifelong research of the ways that language not just describes but additionally defines political truth.

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There has been a resurgence of emotion throughout the Islamic world, and there have been a great many incidents of terrorism, organized or not, against Western and Israeli targets. The general state of the Islamic world with its decline in productivity and well-being, including such phenomena as censorship, the relative absence of democracy, the dismaying prevalence of dictatorships, and fiercely repressive and authoritarian states some of whom practice and encourage terrorism, torture, genital mutilation seems backward and cruel; this includes such basically Islamic countries as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Sudan, and Algeria, among others.

It is no coincidence that, as a supporter of United States policy, Miller is more obsessed with Hamas than anyone else is, and she is clearly unable to connect Hamas with the sorry state of affairs in territories run brutally by Israel for all these years. She neglects to mention, for instance, that the only Palestinian university not established with Palestinian funds is Gaza’s Islamic (Hamas) University, started by Israel to undermine the PLO during the intifada.

Lewis simply finds two or three examples in medieval Arabic literature to bolster his specious point, thus completely ignoring literary sources from the eighteenth century through the present, as well as common daily usage, in which watan is precisely the word real (as opposed to textual) Arabs use to denote home, belonging, and loyalty. Since Arabic for him is only a language of texts, not of spoken or everyday intercourse, he seems totally oblivious to related words like bilad and ard that connote a strong sense of specific habitation and attachment.

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