By François Pouillion, Jean-claude Vatin

The talk on Orientalism begun a few fifty years in the past within the wake of decolonization. whereas in the beginning thought of a turning element, Edward Said’s Orientalism (1978) was once in truth a part of a bigger educational exercise – the political critique of “colonial technology” – that had already considerably impacted the arts and social sciences. In a contemporary try and develop the controversy, the papers gathered during this quantity, provided at a number of seminars and a global symposium held in Paris in 2010-2011, severely research no matter if Orientalism, as wisdom and as artistic expression, was once in reality essentially subservient to Western domination.

By elevating new concerns, the papers shift the point of interest from the guts to the peripheries, therefore studying the impression on neighborhood societies of a big highbrow and institutional stream that inevitably replaced not just their global, however the ways that they represented their global. international background, which assumes a plurality of views, leads us to monitor that the Saidian critique applies to powers except Western eu ones — 3 case reports are thought of right here: the Ottoman, Russian (and Soviet), and chinese language empires.

Other essays during this quantity continue to investigate how post-independence states have made use of the great accumulation of data and representations inherited from prior colonial regimes for the sake of nationwide identification, in addition to how students swap and adapt what was a hegemonic discourse for his or her personal reasons. What emerges is a brand new panorama within which to situate examine on non-Western cultures and societies, and a road-map prime readers past the restrictive dichotomy of a war of words among West and East.

Show description

Read Online or Download After Orientalism: Critical Perspectives on Western Agency and Eastern Re-Appropriations PDF

Similar middle east books

The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East

Slightly a yr after the self-immolation of a tender fruit vendor in Tunisia, an unlimited wave of well known protest has convulsed the center East, overthrowing long-ruling dictators and reworking the region’s politics nearly past reputation. however the greatest changes of what has been classified because the “Arab Spring” are but to return.

A History of Modern Indonesia Since c.1200

Well-known because the such a lot authoritative basic account of Indonesia, the world's fourth such a lot populous kingdom, from the arrival of Islam c. 1200 to at the present time, this ebook covers the wealthy historical past of the Indonesian archipelago with a spotlight on indigenous affairs. Merle Ricklefs poses the query of ways various yet similar linguistic and ethnic groups got here to shape the unitary Republic of Indonesia, and sheds very important mild at the crises and demanding situations dealing with this mammoth state.

Brownies and Kalashnikovs: A Saudi Woman's Memoir of American Arabia and Wartime Beirut

Fadia, a Saudi Arab, grew up within the strictly circumscribed and tailored ‘desert Disneyland’ of Aramco (the Arabian American Oil Company). This slice of contemporary, suburban, heart the United States used to be situated in Dhahran, Aramco’s administrative headquarters in Saudi Arabia, a theocratic Muslim state run in accordance with strict Wahabbi Shari’a legislations.

After Orientalism: Critical Perspectives on Western Agency and Eastern Re-Appropriations

The controversy on Orientalism begun a few fifty years in the past within the wake of decolonization. whereas at the start thought of a turning element, Edward Said’s Orientalism (1978) used to be in reality a part of a bigger educational undertaking – the political critique of “colonial technological know-how” – that had already considerably impacted the arts and social sciences.

Additional info for After Orientalism: Critical Perspectives on Western Agency and Eastern Re-Appropriations

Example text

Brill, 1989), 82–93, and Léon Buskens & Jan Just Witkam (eds), Scholarship in Action. Studies on the Life and Work of Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje (1857–1936) (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming). the invention of islamic law 37 in Java he successively married two female members of the Sundanese Muslim elite and thus reinforced his ties with the ruling class, which he had already established in Mecca. While the Dutch colonial government paid him to collect useful data and to give advice on Islamic affairs, Snouck Hurgronje managed to combine political action with scholarly research.

Naturally the tastes of the social elite fed into the subject matter of Orientalist painting. The market wanted pictures of horses. As Charles Newton has observed, it “is difficult to understand now in the age of the internal combustion-engine, the sheer pervasiveness of hippomania”. Fromentin wanted to paint more camels, but he was warned by his dealer that what the buyers wanted was more pictures of horses. ” Il pestait, et, pour la centième fois, il recommençait le petit cheval blanc, le petit gué argenté, le petit arbre sans nom dans la botanique et le petit Arabe aux bras nus.

He wrote that when they arrived in Egypt, he was ‘longing for novelty, as a thirsty man longs for fresh water’. The Roman aristocrat Pietro della Vale’s journey to Persia seems to have been motivated by the need to get over an unhappy love affair. Recent accounts of Orientalism have, I think, elided the importance of money, youth, high spirits and the quest for novelty and adventure. When Western aristocrats travelled in the Middle East they treated the porters, shopkeepers, peasants and herdsmen that they encountered out there in the same manner that they treated similar folk back home—that is to say, arrogantly and patronisingly.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.29 of 5 – based on 31 votes