Orientalism: A Reader

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A. L. Macfie
NYU Press, 2000 - History - 382 pages
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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.

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.

  

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Contents

FOUNDATIONS OF A MYTH
9
AN APOLOGY FOR ORIENTALISM
11
ORIENTALISM IN CRISIS
45
AN ELABORATE ACCOUNT
87
FURTHER CRITIQUES
143
EDWARD SAIDS ORIENTALISM
179
Orientalism and Orientalism in Reverse
217
QUALIFICATIONS AND ELABORATION
271
BEYOND ORIENTALISM
363
Bibliography
375
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About the author (2000)

A.L. Macfie has written widely about the modern history of the Near and Middle East. His books include The Eastern Question, Longman (1996) and The End of the Ottoman Empire, Longman (1998).

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