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Dangerous knowledge : orientalism and its discontents

Author: Robert Irwin
Publisher: Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"What is Orientalism, who were the Orientalists, and how did Western scholars of Islamic culture come to be vilified as insidious agents of European imperialism? In Robert Irwin's groundbreaking new history, he answers this question with a detailed and colorful story of the motley crew of intellectuals and eccentrics who brought an understanding of the Islamic world to the West. In a narrative that ranges from an  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Irwin
ISBN: 9781585678358 158567835X
OCLC Number: 69021089
Description: 409 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The clash of ancient civilizations --
An ancient heresy of a new paganism --
Renaissance orientalism --
The holiness of Oriental studies --
Enlightenment of a sort --
Oriental studies in the age of stream and cant --
A house divided against itself --
The all too brief heyday of Orientalism --
An enquiry into the nature of a certain twentieth-century polemic --
Enemies of Orientalism.
Responsibility: Robert Irwin.

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"What is Orientalism, who were the Orientalists, and how did Western scholars of Islamic culture come to be vilified as insidious agents of European imperialism? In Robert Irwin's groundbreaking new history, he answers this question with a detailed and colorful story of the motley crew of intellectuals and eccentrics who brought an understanding of the Islamic world to the West. In a narrative that ranges from an analysis of Ancient Greek perceptions of the Persians to a portrait of the first Western European translators of Arabic to the contemporary Muslim world's perceptions of the Western study of Islam, Irwin affirms the value of the Orientalists' legacy: not only for the contemporary scholars who have disowned it, but also for anyone committed to fostering the cross-cultural understanding which could bridge the real or imagined gulf between Islamic and Western civilization."--Jacket.

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