Islam and Romantic Orientalism: Literary Encounters With the Orient

Islam and Romantic Orientalism: Literary Encounters With the Orient

by Mohammed Sharafuddin
     
 

ISBN-10: 1850437858

ISBN-13: 9781850437857

Pub. Date: 09/15/1994

Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited


Did European writers and scholars create an image of the Islamic world as a place of tyranny, unreason and immorality destined to be subjected to and exploited by the civilized West?

This book takes a fresh look at some of the main literary texts of the Romantic movement explored in Edward Said's classic work. Sharafuddin acknowledges wide areas of truth in Said

Overview


Did European writers and scholars create an image of the Islamic world as a place of tyranny, unreason and immorality destined to be subjected to and exploited by the civilized West?

This book takes a fresh look at some of the main literary texts of the Romantic movement explored in Edward Said's classic work. Sharafuddin acknowledges wide areas of truth in Said's thesis, however, he argues that in the work of Southey, Byron, Moore and Landor, who began their careers under the sign of the French Revolution and declared their independence both from political tryanny and from national self-safisfaction, the world of Islam appears not just as an antithesis to the world of European civilization but as an alternative cultural reality with its own values.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781850437857
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
09/15/1994
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.68(h) x 1.11(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Landor's "Gebir" and the Establishment of Romantic Orientalism; Southey's "Thalaba" and Christo-Islamic ethics; "Lalla Rookh" and the Politics of Irony; Realistic Orientalism; Conclusion.

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