The New Orientalists
Postmodern Representations of Islam from Foucault to Baudrillard
By (author) Ian Almond
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New Orientalists by Ian Almond
Book DescriptionThe west's Orientalism - its construction of an Arab or Islamic 'Other' - has been exposed and examined under the critical theory microscope and thoroughly expelled, it seems, from academic thought. At the same time postmodern thinkers from Nietzsche onwards have employed the motifs and symbols of the Islamic Orient within an ongoing critique of western modernity, an appropriation which, this hugely controversial book argues, runs every risk of becoming a new and more insidious Orientalist strain.Ian Almond sensitively yet rigorously examines the work of Nietzsche, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Jean Baudrillard, Julia Kristeva and Slavoj Zizek, as well as that of postmodern writers Jorge Luis Borges, Salman Rushdie and Orhan Pamuk. In doing so he exposes the implications of this 'use' of Islam for both the postmodern project and for Islam itself. Taking apart the assumptions, omissions and contradictions inherent in these thinkers' approaches to Islam and to the Arab world, and drawing on the work of prominent Muslim thinkers including Ziauddin Sardar, Aziz Al-Azmeh and Bobby S. Sayyid, "The New Orientalists" highlights the difficulty of ever speaking truly about the 'Other'. In light of the current Western climate of fear and hysteria surrounding the Islamic world, this groundbreaking project could hardly be more timely.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845113988
(216mm x 134mm x 19mm)
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ian Almond
Thought of Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Hardback (September 2015)
This innovative revisiting of South Asian intellectual history critically examines Nirad C. Chaudhuri, the writer and defender of Empire.
History of Islam in German Thought, Hardback (September 2009)
Exploring a variety of 'neat compartmentalizations' at work in the representations of Islam, as well as distinct vocabularies employed by these key intellectuals (theological, political, philological, and poetic), this title parses these vocabularies to examine the importance of Islam in the very history of German thought.
Two Faiths, One Banner, Hardback (December 2008)
Demonstrates that in Europe, the heart of the west, Muslims and Christians were often comrades-in-arms, repeatedly forming alliances to wage war against their own faiths and peoples.
Sufism and Deconstruction, Hardback (April 2004)» View all books by Ian Almond
This book examines a series of common featuress in the works of Derrida and the Sufism of Ibn 'Arabi, considered to be one of the most influential figures in Islamic thought.
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Author Biography - Ian Almond
Ian Almond teaches English and American Literature at the Europa-Universitat-Viadrina (Frankfurt Oder) and the Freie Universitat (Berlin). He is also the author of Sufism and Deconstruction (2004).
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