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The New Orientalists: Postmodern Representations of Islam from Foucault to Baudrillard
by Ian Almond (Goodreads Author)
The west's Orientalism -- its construction of the Arab "Other" -- has been exposed, examined and expurgated under the critical theory microscope in recent years yet the issue has acquired renewed urgency in light of the current climate of fear and hysteria about the Islamic world. At the same time post-modern thinkers from Nietzsche onwards have employed the motifs and sym ...more
Paperback, 229 pages
Published August 15th 2007 by I. B. Tauris
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Painful read, and far less important than Said's Orientalism. Each chapter digs deep to find controversy and without the authors having the ability to debate his conclusions it seems extremely critical without much substance. Occasionally I agreed with him but it was rare and only in passing. Also, if you enjoy authors who use foreign words without explanation or when they say things like Joyceian, Foucautian, Saidian, etc. etc. etc. without explanation then you will enjoy this book.
I blew through this book fairly quickly so I may be missing some nuances, but overall I was disappointed. This book deals with nine 'postmodern' thinkers - Nietzsche, Foucault, Derrida, Borges, Rushdie, Pamuk, Kristeva, Baudrillard, and Žižek - and their engagement with Islam. There are some interesting insights and readings of particular writers (I also think Almond is correct to argue that any attempt to justify religious doctrine on the basis of postmodern criticism of secularism/ity is doome ...more
Ian Almond is a Professor of World Literature at Georgetown University (Qatar). He received his PhD in English Literature from Edinburgh University in 2000. He is the author of five books, most recently Two Faiths, One Banner (Harvard University Press, 2009) and History of Islam in German Thought (Routledge, 2010), and over forty articles in a variety of journals including PMLA, Radical Philosophy ...moreMore about Ian Almond...