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New Orientalists: Postmodern Representations of Islam from Foucault to Baudrillard
     

New Orientalists: Postmodern Representations of Islam from Foucault to Baudrillard

by Ian Almond
 

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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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845113971
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
09/04/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.79(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

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

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