The Middle East

821 Words Jan 15th, 2015 4 Pages
The cover page of this TIME magazine, an issue of 1979 invoked purely the orientalist idea of the Middle East. It represented the faulty equation of Islam= Muslim= Arab= terrorist or religious fanatics.
From the image of the magazine cover, a man dressed in the Middle-East attire can be seen standing on what looks like a balcony with the landscape of the Middle-East in the background. The image in the background presented the Middle East as underdeveloped in an effective manner. The image in the foreground by the top right corner signified the Middle East as an oil-hoarding society aside from being religious fanatics, violent and underdeveloped just as the total image had labelled the Middle East.
The contextual information of “ISLAM The militant Revival” that accompanied the image not only influenced how the Arabs are perceived but also what Arabs are either consciously or unconsciously considered to be, commonly violent.
Arabs stereotype is a notion that imagines, exaggerates and emphasizes the cultural differences between the East and the West. The idea stands for the orientalist belief of how the West understands the Arabs.
In recent years, it has become more common to see the mainstream western media misinterpret Arabs. Arabs are described in racially offensive and stereotypical caricatures, many of which were based on orientalist perceptions of Middle East as exotic, mysterious, uncivilized, backward and dangerous.
This trend is notable because the West is being…

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