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Orientalism (Concepts in the Social Sciences) [Paperback]

Ziauddin Sardar
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1 Sep 1999 Concepts in the Social Sciences
* Why did orientalism emerge and how has it evolved?
* Has the theory of orientalism developed by Edward Said and others stood the test of time?
* What is the significance of postmodernism for the future of orientalism?

Orientalism, the theory and practice of representing 'the Orient' in European thought, is a controversial and a problematic concept. This book provides a concise text on the evolution and development of the theory of orientalism, the practice of orientalism in history, and its persistence and reformulation in contemporary times. It places Edward Said's contribution in an appropriate historical context, examines the work of his critics, and explores the postmodern future of orientalism. Ziauddin Sardar provides a highly original historical perspective and shows how orientalism was reworked and reinvested during the Middle Ages, the Enlightenment, colonialism and under the impact of modernity. Through the examination of a wide range of cultural products - films, television, fiction, CD-roms - this clear and coherent overview suggests that, as a practice of representing the 'Other', orientalism has been substantially transformed: it has reformulated itself as a diverse and sophisticated tool of representation.

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  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press (1 Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0335202063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0335202065
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Ziauddin Sardar is a writer, cultural critic and editor of the prestigious journal Futures. He is the author of the classic studies The Future of Muslim Civilisation (Mansell, 1979) and Islamic Futures: The Shape of Ideas to Come (1985). His most recent books include Barbaric Others: A Manifesto on Western Racism (Pluto, 1993), Introducing Cultural Studies (Icon, 1997) and Postmodern and the Other (Pluto, 1998). He is also Visiting Professor of Postcolonial Studies, Department of Art Policy and Management, City University.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very lucid and stimulating 10 Jan 2005
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Sardar really helps one to understand the complexity of our world and conveys clearly some of the flawed assumptions that plague the Western mind. Passionately written, not dry intellectualese and highly recommended for those interested in understanding our contemporary world.
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