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Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World

by Edward Said - £10.99  Vintage (1997)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780099595014 | ISBN 10: 009959501x

From the Iranian hostage crisis through the Gulf War and the World Trade Centre bombing, the West has been haunted by a spectre called "Islam". As portrayed by the news media - and by a chorus of government, academic and corporate experts - "Islam" is synonymous with terrorism and religious hysteria. At the same time, Islamic countries use "Islam" to justify unrepresentative and often repressive regimes.
 
In this landmark work, one of our foremost public thinkers examines the origins and repercussions of the media's monolithic images of Islam. Combining political commentary with literary criticism, Edward Said reveals the hidden assumptions and distortions of fact that underlie even the assumptions and distortions of fact that underlie even the most 'objective' coverage of the Islamic world.

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In booklists: Edward Said - Life & Writings, Media and Political Spin, Islamophobia, Islam & Politics,
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