I think that part of why I’ve been in this “reading slump” is because of the subject matter of this book – normally, I don’t have trouble reading historical fiction, even when it’s based on horrible events, but for some reason this one was different.
Covering Islam was originally published in 1981, and it really shows in Said’s focus throughout the book. Most of the examples are related to the Iran hostage crisis, including a rather large section using it as a case study. There is other emphasis on such events as the first Gulf war, and – seemingly added in to later editions – analysis of events up until the early-mid 1990s, but no later than that. Because of this, the book is a rather specific look at how Islam and the Muslim World were portrayed pre-9/11 and all of the other things that have gone on since then.