Orientalism: A Reader / Edition 1

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In the period of decolonization that followed World War II, a number of scholars, mainly Middle Eastern, launched a sustained assault on Orientalism-the theory and practice of representing the "East" in Western thought-accusing its practitioners of misrepresentation, prejudice and bias. An intense debate ensued, involving not only Orientalists but historians, sociologists, anthropologists, literary critics, scholars of cultural studies and gender studies as well as the news media.
Orientalism: A Reader provides students, scholars and general readers alike with a selection of key readings from this debate, covering a range of areas including myth, imperialism, the cultural perspective, Marxist interpretation and feminist approaches. The aim is to introduce the origins and character of the debate on Orientalism, providing a useful overview of a controversial and problematic concept from a multidisciplinary perspective. Coverage begins with late 19th-century material from thinkers such as Hegel and Marx, and moves through extracts from Nietzsche, Gramsci and Foucault to contemporary work from, Brian Turner, John Mackenzie and Edward Said. As well as a general introduction, each section and extract is introduced and there is a detailed guide to further reading.
Contributors: Anouar Abdel-Malek, Aijaz Ahmad, Sadik Jalal al-'Azm, Fred Dallmayr, Michel Foucault, Francesco Gabrieli, Antonio Gramsci, G.W.F Hegel, Ronald Inden, Richard King, David Kopf, Bernard Lewis, Donald P. Little, L. Lowe, John MacKenzie, Pierre Martino, Karl Marx, Billie Melman, James Mill, B.J. Moore-Gilbert, Friedrich Nietzsche, Sheldon Pollock, Michael Richardson, Edward Said, Stuart Schaar, Raymond Schwab, A.L. Tibawi, Bryan S. Turner and Ernest J. Wilson III.

Author Biography: Alexander Lyon Macfie has written widely on the modern history of Turkey and the Middle East. His most recent book is The End of the Ottoman Empire.

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Editorial Reviews

During the decolonization period after World War II, Edward Said and other scholars identified and fought against Orientalism: the theory and practice of representing the East in Western thought. The 37 essays and excerpts reprinted here provide students and other readers with a cross-section of the debate that has followed. They are not indexed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814756652
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexander Lyon Macfie has written widely on the modern history of Turkey and the Middle East. His most recent book is The End of the Ottoman Empire.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Indian Form of Government 11
2 Gorgeous Edifices 13
3 The British Rule in India 16
4 Les Commencements de l'orientalisme 21
5 The Asiatic Society of Calcutta 31
6 Appearance and the Thing-in-Itself 37
7 On Hegemony and Direct Rule 39
8 Truth and Power 41
9 Orientalism in Crisis 47
10 English-Speaking Orientalists 57
11 Apology for Orientalism 79
12 Shattered Myths 89
13 Arabs, Islam and the Dogmas of the West 104
14 My Thesis 106
15 On Flaubert 108
16 Latent and Manifest Orientalism 111
17 Marx and the End of Orientalism 117
18 Three Arab Critiques of Orientalism 123
19 A Second Critique of English-Speaking Orientalists 145
20 On the Orientalists Again 172
21 Orientalism at the Service of Imperialism 181
22 Hermeneutics versus History 194
23 Enough Said 208
24 Orientalism and Orientalism in Reverse 217
25 Orientalism: A Black Perspective 239
26 The Question of Orientalism 249
27 'Gorgeous East' versus 'Land of Regrets' 273
28 Orientalist Constructions of India 277
29 Between Orientalism and Historicism 285
30 Humanising the Arabs 298
31 Indology, Power, and the Case of Germany 302
32 Turkish Embassy Letters 324
33 History, Theory and the Arts 326
34 Orientalism, Hinduism and Feminism 335
35 Orientalism Reconsidered 345
36 Exit from Orientalism 365
37 From Orientalism to Global Sociology 369
Bibliography 375
Acknowledgements 380
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