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Book Review (from 2010) Hugh Pope’s “Dining with Al-Qaeda: Three Decades Exploring the Many Worlds of the Middle East”

Reporting on the Middle East by Western media overemphasizes Islam as a framework and/or analytical tool to understand the region. It presents simplistic dichotomies: the good “moderates” and the bad “radicals.” This tendency leads to misleading coverage of conflict, according to Hugh Pope, former reporter for the Wall Street Journal, in his 2010 memoir Dining with Al-Qaeda:Three Decades Exploring the Many Worlds … Continue reading