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Islam and romantic orientalism : literary encounters with the Orient

Author: Mohammed Sharafuddin
Publisher: London ; New York : Tauris, 1994.
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This important intervention in the debate on orientalism takes a fresh look at some of the main literary texts from the Romantic period explored in Edward Said's classic work. Mohammed Sharafuddin recognizes elements of truth in the thesis that Western writers and scholars created an image of the Muslim 'Orient' as a place of tyranny, unreason and immorality destined to be subjected and exploited by the civilized
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Sharafuddin, Mohammed.
Islam and romantic orientalism.
London : New York : Tauris, 1994
(OCoLC)624456307
Named Person: Walter Savage Landor; Robert Southey; Thomas Moore; George Gordon Byron Byron, Baron
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mohammed Sharafuddin
ISBN: 1850437858 9781850437857
OCLC Number: 31099940
Description: xxxv, 296 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Landor's Gebir and the establishment of romantic Orientalism --
Southey's Thalaba and Christo-Islamic ethics --
Thomas Moore's Lalla Rookh and the politics of irony --
Byron's 'Turkish tales" and realistic Orientalism.
Responsibility: Mohammed Sharafuddin.
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This important intervention in the debate on orientalism takes a fresh look at some of the main literary texts from the Romantic period explored in Edward Said's classic work. Mohammed Sharafuddin recognizes elements of truth in the thesis that Western writers and scholars created an image of the Muslim 'Orient' as a place of tyranny, unreason and immorality destined to be subjected and exploited by the civilized West.

However, he argues that in the work of such writers as Southey, Byron, Moore, Landor and Beckford, the world of Islam appears not as an antithesis to the world of European civilization, but rather as an alternative cultural reality with its own values. He explores the sense in which the work of these writers opens up the possibility for a knowledge of the Orient that does not simply confirm ideologies of Western power and hegemony. Themes of the exotic and the fanciful in fact had the effect of challenging the boundaries of Western-centred culture and thus created the conditions for a more positive perception of other cultures.

Although this did not translate into a new political and literary openness, it did at least demonstrate the existence of a more complex cultural interaction between East and West. This admission has been completely sidelined in many recent debates on orientalism. Above all, Sharafuddin argues that the Romantic writers in question present a rich and subversive view of the Orient not simply informed by inherited stereotypes.

Islam and Romantic Orientalism will be of great interest to those concerned with the debate about orientalism and post-colonialism and to students of nineteenth-century English literature.

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