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The New Orientalists: Postmodern Representations of Islam from Foucault to Baudrillard
by Ian Almond
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 symbo...more
Paperback, 229 pages
Published August 15th 2007 by I. B. Tauris
(first published 2007)
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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.
Ian Almond is a British academic who teaches English Literature at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He has lived in many other parts of the world: Germany, Italy, India, and Turkey, where he taught for six years at Bogazici University in Istanbul. Almond considers himself to be a Christian Socialist. Besides the two books featured in his Rorotoko interviews, Two Faiths, One Banner (Harvard Uni...moreMore about Ian Almond...