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By Edward W. Said

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

From the Iranian hostage obstacle throughout the Gulf conflict and the bombing of the area exchange heart, the yankee information media have portrayed "Islam" as a monolithic entity, synonymous with terrorism and non secular hysteria. even as, Islamic nations 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 truth.

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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. On the Rep stage he is a fictional character, of course, but in the real world it is not he but his “moderate” brother who is a figment of the imagination. This writing appears week after week in his magazine, which, to clarify, is a famous, once liberal, journal of opinion read by a large number of influential people in Washington and New York.

Although I have discussed this elsewhere, it is important to insist that such claims about Islam and, most of the time, the Arabs, are designed to obscure what it is that Israel and the United States, as “Islam’s” main opponents, have been doing. Between them, the two countries have bombed and invaded several Islamic countries (Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Iraq), they have (in Israel’s case) occupied Arab-Islamic territory in four countries, and in the United States’ case are seen in the United Nations as openly supporting the military occupation of these territories; to the overwhelming majority of Muslims and Arabs, Israel is therefore an arrogant regional nuclear power, contemptuous of its neighbors, heedless in the number and frequency of its bombings, killings (which far exceed the number of Israelis killed by Muslims), dispossessions, and dislocations, especially so far as the Palestinians are concerned.

It has plainly caught the West off balance, especially when Islamic religious fervor and political objective join to create violent results. There is still little evidence that the majority of fundamentalists pledge obeisance to Khomeini’s declared revolutionary objectives. ” The norms of rational sense are suspended when discussions of Islam are carried on. No one bothers to ask, for instance, how verifiable is the statement that martyrdom is spreading among Sunni youth, all several hundred million of them, from Morocco to Uzbekistan, and, if it is, what sort of evidence it is likely to be in the first place.

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