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

by Edward W. Said

Paper Book, 1981




New York : Pantheon Books, c1981.


"In this landmark work, for which he has written a new Introduction, one of our foremost public thinkers examines to 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 most "objective" coverage of the Islamic world. In so doing, Covering Islam continues Said's lifelong investigation of the ways in which language not only describes but also defines political reality."--book jacket.

User reviews

LibraryThing member jonathon.hodge
Predicted the rise of mainstream Islamophobia decades before it was given license in America after 9/11. A great read.
LibraryThing member gypsysmom
I really struggled with this book. The author writes well enough but I felt he was too close to his subject to be objective. I have no doubt that the media protrays Islam in a biased way but Said is also biased in that he refuses to acknowledge that some followers of Islam are violent. I thought he might have felt differently after 9/11 but this article shows he still blames the Western media for negative portrayals of Islam although he does admit that the Arab world portrays the West, especially the US, in a biased way as well.

Read the book for the information it provides but keep an open mind.
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