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By Edward W. Said

ISBN-10: 009959501X

ISBN-13: 9780099595014

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

From the Iranian hostage situation in the course of the Gulf battle and the bombing of the realm alternate middle, the yankee 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 infrequently repressive regimes. Combining political statement with literary criticism, Covering Islam maintains Edward Said's lifelong research of the ways that language not just describes but additionally defines political fact.

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The Council on Foreign Relations, a prestigious and influential policy association, has recently set up a Muslim Politics Report and study group which allows a wide range of opinions about Islam, some of them salutary and informative. ” (Foreign Affairs, Spring 1993). ” A steady stream of such characterizations is inflated still more by contributions from pro-Israeli journals and books, in the hope that more Americans and Europeans will see Israel as a victim of Islamic violence. One Israeli government after another has resorted to the propagation of this self-image in the course of the information wars that have gone on since 1948 around the whole question of the Middle East.

He is intoxicated by language, cannot discern between fantasy and reality, abhors compromise, always blames others for his predicament, and in the end lances the painful boil of his frustrations in a pointless, though momentarily gratifying, act of bloodlust. This is a political play and what makes it compelling is its pessimism, which is to say its truthfulness. We have seen this play’s Arab in Tripoli and in Damascus, and in recent weeks hijacking a bus to Gaza and shooting up a street of innocents in Jerusalem.

Of course there have been suicide bombings and outrageous acts of terrorism, but have these accomplished anything except to strengthen the hand of Israel and the United States as well as their client regimes in the Muslim world? The answer, I think, is that books like Miller’s are symptomatic in that they furnish an additional weapon in the contest to subordinate, beat down, compel, and defeat any Arab or Muslim resistance to United States-Israeli dominance. Moreover, by surreptitiously justifying a policy of single-minded obduracy that links Islamism, however lamentable it is, to a strategically important, oil-rich part of the world, the anti-Islam campaign virtually eliminates the possibility of any sort of equal dialogue between Islam and the Arabs, and the West or Israel.

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