In Orientalism , Alexander Lyon Macfie analyzes the ongoing debate regarding orientalism. According to this approach, the languages and laws of Muslim and Hindu India should be preserved as foundations of the traditional social order. At the end of the eighteenth century, however, the combined forces of evangelicalism and utilitarianism challenged the approach. According to King, the term Hindoo was originally a Persian variant of a Sanskrit word, s indhu, the Indus River, used by the Persians to indentify people living in the region of the river.
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In the s and s a powerful assault was launched on 'orientalism', led by Edward Said. The debate ranged far beyond the traditional limits of 'dry-as-dust' orientalism, involving questions c At a crucial moment in the history of relations of East and West, Orient and Occident, Christianity and Islam, Orientalism provides a timely account of the subject and the debate. The debate ranged far beyond the traditional limits of 'dry-as-dust' orientalism, involving questions concerning the nature of identity, the nature of imperialism, Islamophobia, myth, Arabism, racialism, intercultural relations and feminism.
Charting the history of the vigorous debate about the nature of orientalism, this timely account revisits the arguments and surveys the case studies inspired by that debate. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 6. Friend Reviews.
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A very clear and even handed introduction to a hugely controversial topic. The author examines both the virtues and flaws of Edward Said's seminal work as well as the wider issues of scholarship on the Middle East and India etc. This is very much a textbook and I couldn't recommend it unless you already have an existing interest in the topic.
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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 Orientalismthe theory and practice of representing the "East" in Western thoughtaccusing 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. Little, L.
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