Saied R. Ameli’s work ‘Bibliographical Discourse Analysis: The Western Academic Perspective on Islam, Muslims and Islamic Countries (1949-2009)’ is a ground breaking critical analysis of Occidental Academic preoccupation with Islam and Muslims. These four volumes cover both the changes in interest within academia in what is being studied, to the change in view of Islam and Muslims as the subject of study.
Being mindful of the purposes to which such work is used beyond the academy and its trickledown effect into the social, media and political realms, this work categorises each publication in its bibliography as Islamophobic, Islamophilic, Islamoromic, Islamoveritic and finally neutral. In so doing, Ameli introduces the readers to key new tools of analysis and concepts that can provide sophisticated and nuanced critique of a burgeoning literature of over six decades, and well into the future.
Saied R. Ameli is Professor of Communications and North American Studies, University of Tehran