You can tell she's a teacher, although probably her history as a radio show host also contributed to her focus on explaining things
. Clearly she has had to explain Orientalism to uncomprehending white undergraduates many times. I liked the details about life in Tehran and the authors writing in Persian, although something about the comments on Women Without Men: A Novel of Modern Iran bothered me, perhaps the way she highlights the artificiality of the plot. Definitely the way she discussed rape in the novel; not sure if the novel itself would bother me as much.
The New Orientalism, not so different from the old Orientalism.