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Orientalism : A Reader

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In the period of decolonisation that followed the end of the Second World War a number of scholars, mainly Middle Eastern, launched a sustained assault on Orientalism - the theory and practice of representing 'the Orient' in Western thought -accusing its practitioners of misrepresentation, prejudice and bias. As a result an intense debate occurred regarding the validity of the charges made, involving not only Orientalists but students of history, anthropology, sociology, women's studies and the media. Orientalism: A Reader provides the student with a selection of key readings from this debate, covering a range of areas including myth, imperialism, the cultural perspective, Marxist interpretation and feminist attitudes. The origins and character of the debate on Orientalism are introduced, as well as the intellectual foundations of the assault made and the nature of the debate which ensued. Coverage begins with nineteenth-century material from thinkers such as Hegel and Marx, and moves through extracts from Nietzsche, Gramsci and Foucault to contemporary work from, for example, Bryan Turner, John MacKenzie and Edward Said. As well as a general introduction, each section is introduced and the extracts are placed in context to guide the student carefully through this complex debate.show more

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 172 x 244 x 25mm | 907g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 0748614419
  • 9780748614417
  • 1,536,850

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this collection is indispensible for any reading list dealing even marginally with Orientalism. For students this new reader will be most helpful because it supplies a good selection of readings which will enable students to examine the elements of the modern theory of anti-Orientalism and some of the main criticisms of that theory. The division between Orientalists and anti-Orientalists is as complete as that which formerly obtained between Marxists and Anti-Marxists. It is a compliment to Dr Macfie that he has produced a reader of such balance that it could well be found tolerable by both groups. The arrival of a 'reader', a collection of 'texts' on the subject, seems to draw a line under the fierce debates of the sixties to eighties. The topic becomes a subject for textual study; Alexander Macfie's book provides a painless visit of the battlefields...orientalism is a good topic for a reader since the literature is diverse and dispersed, and Macfie has done a good job. There can be little doubt that a reader covering this debate [on Orientalism] would be of enormous value to a whole variety of courses in several disciplines in many Universities across the English-speaking world, as well as in Europe. -- Professor John Mackenzie, Lancaster University this collection is indispensible for any reading list dealing even marginally with Orientalism. For students this new reader will be most helpful because it supplies a good selection of readings which will enable students to examine the elements of the modern theory of anti-Orientalism and some of the main criticisms of that theory. The division between Orientalists and anti-Orientalists is as complete as that which formerly obtained between Marxists and Anti-Marxists. It is a compliment to Dr Macfie that he has produced a reader of such balance that it could well be found tolerable by both groups. The arrival of a 'reader', a collection of 'texts' on the subject, seems to draw a line under the fierce debates of the sixties to eighties. The topic becomes a subject for textual study; Alexander Macfie's book provides a painless visit of the battlefields...orientalism is a good topic for a reader since the literature is diverse and dispersed, and Macfie has done a good job. There can be little doubt that a reader covering this debate [on Orientalism] would be of enormous value to a whole variety of courses in several disciplines in many Universities across the English-speaking world, as well as in Europe.show more

Table of contents

Part 1: Foundations of a Myth 1. The Indian Form of Government, James Mill; 2. Gorgeous Edifices, G. W. F. Hegel; 3. The British Rule in India, Karl Marx; Part 2: The Rise of Oriental Studies 4. Les Commencements de l'Orientalisme, Pierre Martino; 5. The Asiatic Society of Calcutta, Raymond Schwab; Part 3: The Foundations of a Critique 6. Phenomenon and Thing-in-itself, F. Nietzsche; 7. On Hegemony and Direct Rule, A. Gramsci; 8. Truth and Power, M. Foucault; Part 4: Orientalism in Crisis 9. Orientalism in Crisis, Anouar Abdel-Malek; 10. English-speaking Orientalism, A. L. Tibawi; Part 5: An Apology for Orientalism 11. Apology for Orientalism, F. Gabrieli; Part 6: An Elaborate Account 12. Shattered Myths, E. Said; 13. Arabs, Islam and the Dogmas of the West, E. Said; 14. My Thesis, E. Said; 15. On Flaubert, E. Said; 16. Latent and Manifest Orientalism, E. Said; Part 7: A Marxist Interpretation 17. Marx and the End of Orientalism, B. S. Turner; Part 8: An American Response 18. Three Arab Critiques of Orientalism, D. P. Little; Part 9: Further Critiques 19. Second Critique of English-speaking Orientalists, A. L. Tibawi; 20. On the Orientalists Again, A. L. Tibawi; Part 10: Said's Orientalism: Reviews and Review Articles 21. Orientalism at the Service of Imperialism, S. Schaar; 22. Hermeneutics versus History, D. Kopf; 23. Enough Said, M. Richardson; 24. Orientalism and Orientalism in Reverse, Sadik Jalal Al-Azm; 25. Orientalism: A Black Perspective, Ernest J. Wilson III; 26. The Question of Orientalism, Bernard Lewis; Part 11: Qualifications and Elaboration 27. "Gorgeous East" versus "Land of Regrets", E. J. Moore-Gilbert; 28. Orientalist Constructions of India, R. Inden; 29. Between Orientalism and Historicism, Aijaz Ahmad; 30. Humanising the Arabs, B. Melman; 31. Indology and the Case of Germany, S. Pollock; 32. Turkish Embassy Letter, L. Lowe; 33. History, Theory and the Arts, J. MacKenzie; Part 12: Orientalism and Feminism 34. Orientalism, Hinduism and Feminism, R. King; Part 13: Orientalism Reconsidered 35. Orientalism Reconsidered, E. Said; Part 14: Beyond Orientalism 36. Exit from Orientalism, F. Dallmayr; 37. From Orientalism to Global Sociology, B. S. Turner.show more

About A. L. Macfie

Alexander Lyon Macfie's publications include The Eastern Question (1988; 1996), The Straits Question (1993), Ataturk (1994), and The End of the Ottoman Empire (1998).show more

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