“lacked a knowledge of relevant languages”
ESPECIALLY THAT!!!! Türkce ögrenin!
“Islam as News” (1980) was Edward Said’s introduction to “Covering Islam”, his book about America’s terrible news reporting on the Muslim world. The American press was shockingly ignorant and nakedly prejudiced. But it gets worse: the press was merely repeating what it heard in government and scholarly circles!
Said in 1980:
It is only a slight overstatement to say that Muslims and Arabs are essentially covered, discussed, apprehended, either as oil suppliers or as potential terrorists. Very little of the detail, the human density, the passion of Arab-Muslims life has entered the awareness of even those people whose profession it is to report the Islamic world. What we have instead is a limited series of crude, essentialized caricatures of the Islamic world presented in such a way as, among other things, to make that world vulnerable to military aggression.
By the second edition in 1995 it was even worse:
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