Reflections in a Bloodshot Lens: America, Islam, and the War of Ideas

Overview

There exists today a tragic rift between Americans and the world’s Muslims. Yet in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, there was widespread sympathy for the U.S. throughout the Muslim world. This book explores what happened. It examines the disconnect that leads Americans and Muslims to view the same words and images in fundamentally different ways. Partly a result of a centuries-old 'us' against 'them' dichotomy, the problem is exacerbated by an increasingly polarised media and by leaders on both sides who either ...

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Overview

There exists today a tragic rift between Americans and the world’s Muslims. Yet in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, there was widespread sympathy for the U.S. throughout the Muslim world. This book explores what happened. It examines the disconnect that leads Americans and Muslims to view the same words and images in fundamentally different ways. Partly a result of a centuries-old 'us' against 'them' dichotomy, the problem is exacerbated by an increasingly polarised media and by leaders on both sides who either don't understand or don't care what impact their words and policies have in the world at large.

Journalist-scholar Lawrence Pintak, a former CBS News Middle East correspondent, argues that the Arab media revolution and the rise of 'patriot-journalists' in the US marginalized voices of moderation, distorting perceptions on both sides of the divide with potentially disastrous results.

Built on the author's extensive journalistic experience, the book will appeal to policymakers, students of media studies, Middle East studies and Islamic studies, and general current affairs readers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745324197
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 1/18/2006
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence Pintak is a veteran foreign correspondent who has reported from more than 40 countries. As CBS News Middle East correspondent in the 1980s, he covered the birth of modern Islamic terrorism in Beirut. He writes frequently on terrorism, the Middle East and Southeast Asia for a variety of publications.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Worldview, Identity and the Other
Section I: Foundations of the Relationship
1. In the Eye of the Beholder
2. U.S. Coverage of Islam
3. The Arab and Muslim Media
Section II: The Framing of an Era
4. Rhetoric, Religion and Righteousness
5. The Myth of Terror and the Terror of Myth
6. Enemies, Allies and other Artificial Constructs
Section III: Perceptions of Policy
7. Weaponizing the Media
8. Prism of Pain: Palestine
9. Rewriting the Script: Iraq
Section IV: Hearts & Minds
10. Beyond the Middle East
11. Brand America
12. Symbols of Empire
Epilogue
Acknowledgements
Notes and References
Index

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