Islam Through Western Eyes
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Said, E. W.
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Said, E. W. (1998, January 2). Islam Through Western Eyes. The Nation.

Edward Said highlights how Western academics and the media define and represent Islam. Said argues that the West constructs Islam as a threat to Western democracy and progress or suppliers of resources such as oil. These representations serve Western interests. He also notes how the Third World is also heavily influenced by Western depictions of Islam as countries in the Third World consume Western media. Said indicates how individuals get their information about Islam through mass media and that this image of Islam is misleading . Therefore, he calls on individuals to be critical about the media and school textbooks portray Islam. Lastly, Said offers his perspective of what can be done to address the negative and deceptive representation of Islam.


The Teaching Against Islamophobia resources were developed with funding support from the Law Foundation of BC, and the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies at SFU.

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