Challenging the New Orientalism: Dissenting Essays On The by M. Shahid Alam

By M. Shahid Alam

over the last few many years, a brand new type of Orientalism has been constructing. As exemplified by way of Elie Kedourie and Bernard Lewis, it issues to Islam because the West's archenemy. the increase of political Islam and its competition to Western domination of the Islamic international are obvious as facts of a deep, abiding hatred of all issues Western. therefore, the recent Orientalists demand thorough reforms, between them regime adjustments, wars, and the imposition of 'democracy' on Islamic societies. They warn that if the West shrinks from this problem, the Islamists would certainly achieve energy and smash the West. The essays during this publication 'written after 11th of September' dispute the recent Orientalist presumption of an unchanging Islam, against "Western" values and incapable of adapting to the fashionable international. The not-so-hidden target of the recent Orientalism is to advertise reputation of the U.S. and Israel's imperialist push into the Islamic global as either a safety valuable and a civilizing undertaking. Alam argues that the hot Orientalist's declare of a express break up among Islam and the West relies on a biased, misguided interpretation of historical past. whereas spotting the political and monetary failings of the Islamic global, Alam indicates that they're legacies of 2 centuries of Western imperialism and are shared via all areas on the outer edge of the present worldwide capitalism. If the Islamic global lags at the back of China and India, for the reason that of 2 elements that experience given a brand new facet to Western involvement in West Asia and North Africa: oil and Zionism. In Alam's view, Israel is a strong destabilizing strength within the sector, whose survival is dependent upon turning the Western-Islamic clash right into a scorching struggle. no longer unusually, the various new Orientalists are powerful partisans of Israel.

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