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Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World Revised Edition
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According to Said, American journalists, who tend not to know the languages, or much about the culture of the places they report from, rely on such slanted academic studies for their understanding of the Islamic world, and allow it to color almost everything they write. As a result, reporting from Islamic countries is not only shallow, but often filled with insults and ethnic slurs that no editor would accept if the reporter were writing about any other group of people.Read more ›
New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post--stop publishing this trash about Islam that you call journalism and feeding the entertainment craze that evokes memories of Rambo-esque American bravery against fanatics, terrorists, and extremists. Life is not an action movie with a good guy and a bad guy, like you would want the American public to believe.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get past the excessively simplistic, racist, anti-Muslim, anti-Islam, and anti-Arab (and thereby, anti-Semitic as well--no, Jews aren't the only, or even the most numerous Semites, Arabs are Semites, too...) views so completely represented by the American media.
My advice to those who want to learn about the Middle East, Islam, and Muslims in general--DON'T believe what you read in newspapers or in books by journalists (they represent a tiny fraction of what's actually going on those parts of the world, and even that is pseudo-intellectual rubbish). Read bona fide history books that have various viewpoints--American and non-American, Muslim and non-Muslim. And if you do happen to read the newspapers, keep a copy of Said's book next to you to help you expose the media's constant distortions.
Media bias is helping to spread negatives stereotypes of all Muslims. For example, after 9/11 a few hundred Palestinians celebrated and it was shown all over the American media. Yet a million Palestinians held 5 minutes of silence in honor of the victims but this got no media coverage. ProOsama protests got huge media coverage, but the tens of thousands of Muslims around the world who held memorials were largely ignored. Muslim leaders and clerics all over the world condemned the attack but got little or no press. The problem is the Cold War is over and the media is looking for another bogeyman.
Another problem is that many American journalists don't know any Muslims, so they also write and portray things based on their own stereotypes. For example, if a study came out that 50% of Kuwaiti women are victims of domestic violence, the article would more than likely mention that Kuwait is a Muslim country. Yet if 50% of South African women were victims of domestic violence the predominant religion (Christianity) would not come up in the article.Read more ›
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Covering Islam (!981) by Edward Said is the third is a trio of analyses of how the West perceives Islam, with Orientalism (1978) and The Question of Palestine (1979) the other two. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Martin Asiner
I get the idea in the first 6 pages. The media exaggerates on Islam, but what doesn't the media exaggerate on.Published 12 months ago by Margarita
As valuable for its insights today as when it was published. Now, it also reads as a history of the heavily biased ideas about Islam and Islamism that have been churning through... Read morePublished 16 months ago by J. C. Chen
This book tells ALL about our media prejudices and the shortcomings of our journalists, writers, intellectuals, academics, etc., when it comes to Islam, Arabs and the Middle East. Read morePublished on September 3, 2013 by HW
The book provides readers not only with a different view on Islam, but also, with criticism on Orientalism. For those who like to broaden their minds, it is an excellent choice.Published on August 25, 2013 by SIMONE DE BRITO CORRÊA
Edward Said so eloquently gives us insight into the inherent prejudice in the so called free Western press. Read morePublished on May 30, 2013 by kadiya
An excellent look into media coverage of Islam broadly. My problem was with the methodology of the book. Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by JT