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

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From the Iranian hostage crisis through the Gulf War and the bombing of the World Trade Center, the American news media have portrayed "Islam" as a monolithic entity, synonymous with terrorism and religious hysteria. In this classic work, now updated, the author of Culture and Imperialism reveals the hidden agendas and distortions of fact that underlie even the most "objective" coverage of the Islamic world.

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Overview

From the Iranian hostage crisis through the Gulf War and the bombing of the World Trade Center, the American news media have portrayed "Islam" as a monolithic entity, synonymous with terrorism and religious hysteria. In this classic work, now updated, the author of Culture and Imperialism reveals the hidden agendas and distortions of fact that underlie even the most "objective" coverage of the Islamic world.

From the Iranian hostage crisis through the Gulf War and the bombing of the World Trade Center, the American news media have portrayed "Islam" as a monolithic entity, synonymous with terrorism and religious hysteria. In this classic work, now updated, the author of Culture and Imperialism reveals the hidden agendas and distortions of fact that underlie even the most "objective" coverage of the Islamic world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679758907
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Series: Vintage Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 541,984
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Vintage Edition
Introduction
Ch. 1 Islam as News 2
I Islam and the West 3
II Communities of Interpretation 36
III The Princess Episode in Context 69
Ch. 2 The Iran Story 80
I Holy War 81
II The Loss of Iran 95
III Unexamined and Hidden Assumptions 110
IV Another Country 123
Ch. 3 Knowledge and Power 134
I The Politics of Interpreting Islam: Orthodox and Antithetical Knowledge 135
II Knowledge and Interpretation 162
Notes 175
Index 189
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