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New Orientalists: Postmodern Representations of Islam from Foucault to Baudrillard

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The west's Orientalism -- its construction of the Arab "Other" -- has been exposed, examined and expurgated under the critical theory microscope in recent years yet the issue has acquired renewed urgency in light of the current climate of fear and hysteria about the Islamic world. At the same time post-modern thinkers from Nietzsche onwards have employed the motifs and symbols of the Islamic Orient within an ongoing critique of western modernity, an appropriation which -- this hugely controversial book argues -- ...

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New Orientalists, The: Postmodern Representations of Islam from Foucault to Baudrillard

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Overview

The west's Orientalism -- its construction of the Arab "Other" -- has been exposed, examined and expurgated under the critical theory microscope in recent years yet the issue has acquired renewed urgency in light of the current climate of fear and hysteria about the Islamic world. At the same time post-modern thinkers from Nietzsche onwards have employed the motifs and symbols of the Islamic Orient within an ongoing critique of western modernity, an appropriation which -- this hugely controversial book argues -- runs every risk of becoming a new and subtle form of Orientalism. Examining the work of Nietzsche, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Jean Baudrillard, Julia Kristeva and Slavoj Zizek and of post-modern writers from Borges to Salman Rushdie and Orhan Pamuk, Ian Almond also draws on Muslim thinkers including Akbar S. Ahmed and Bobby S. Sayyid in this timely project. The result is a provocative examination of the effects and implications of this "use" of Islam for both the post-modern project and for Islam itself.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845113971
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/4/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.79 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Almond is Assistant Professor of English Literature at Bosphorus University, Istanbul

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• Part I: Islam and the Critique of Modernity
• Nietzsche's Peace With Islam
• Foucault's Iran and The Madness of Islam
• Derrida's Islam and the Peoples of the Book
• Part II: Islam in Postmodern Fiction* Borges and the Finitude of Islam
• The Many Islams of Salman Rushdie
• Islam and Melancholy in Orhan Pamuk's The Black Book
• Part III. Islam, 'Theory' and Europe
• Kristeva and Islam's Time
• Islam and Baudrillard's Last Hope Against the New World Order
• Iraq and the Hegelian Legacy of Žižek's Islam
• Concluding Thoughts
• Acknowledgements

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