The book brings together scattered pieces of work conducted over a quarter of a century on representations of the Arab East and the echoes or replacements they experienced in the regions they reported. It endeavors to follow in all their variety the biographical pathways of those who produced them, authors known or insufficiently identified, so as to illustrate the multiplicity of modes of representation and routes of those who were the vectors. Starting from the principle that we can represent the same thing (but with different constraints) by the different processes of the image - drawing, painting, poster, photography - by the literary or scientific description (especially, for our case, ethnography), it reflects on the conditions of elaboration of the figurations of the social in history, and their legacy to the societies of today. It is indeed a difficult legacy to be dealt with by the newly independent states, worked as they are by identity research as much as by their confrontations with the West, to have to deal with a documentary stock, scholarly or fantasmatic produced in the context of colonial curiosity, but which often remains the only testimony to their past or their internal diversity. Although these interventions are arranged in phases, in themes and perspectives (including some biographical confessions), the author assumes here the "strategy of the hare", an approach seeking to furrow the space, the duration and the points of view on an Orient which must come out of it with all the more relief.