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    DescriptionFrom the Iranian hostage crisis through the Gulf War and the World Trade Centre bombing, the West has been haunted by a spectre called 'Islam'. As portrayed by the news media - and by a chorus of government, academic and corporate experts - 'Islam' is synonymous with terrorism and religious hysteria. At the same time, Islamic countries use Islam to justify unrepresentative and often oppressive regimes. In this landmark work, for which he has written a new introduction, one of our foremost public thinkers examines the 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.


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    Title
    Covering Islam
    Subtitle
    How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Edward W. Said
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 17 mm
    Weight: 195 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099595014
    ISBN 10: 009959501X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27430
    BIC E4L: POL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.3
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FB
    BIC subject category V2: JFSR2, JFD
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1Q
    BIC subject category V2: HRH
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: JPH
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 956.04
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: POL000000
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 1FB, 1Q
    Edition
    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    Ill.
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    VINTAGE
    Publication date
    07 August 1997
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Edward Said was born in Jerusalem in 1935. In 1951 he attended a private preparatory high school in Massachusetts, America and he went on to study at Princeton University for his BA and at Yale for his MA and PhD. He became University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Said was bestowed with numerous honorary doctorates from universities around the world and twice received Columbia's Trilling Award and the Wellek Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association. He is best known for describing and critiquing 'Orientalism' and his book on the subject was published in 1978. He died in 2003.
    Review quote
    From the Iranian hostage crisis through the Gulf War and the World Trade Centre bombing, the West has been haunted by a spectre called 'Islam'. As portrayed by the news media - and by a chorus of government, academic and corporate experts - 'Islam' is synonymous with terrorism and religious hysteria. At the same time, Islamic countries use Islam to justify unrepresentative and often oppressive regimes. In this landmark work, for which he has written a new introduction, one of our foremost public thinkers examines the 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.