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Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies

Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies - 04 edition

Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies - 04 edition

ISBN13: 9780143034872

ISBN10: 0143034871

Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies by Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit - ISBN 9780143034872
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
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Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies by Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit - ISBN 9780143034872

ISBN13: 9780143034872

ISBN10: 0143034871

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 04
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Summary

Twenty-five years after Edward Said's Orientalism, a whole field of study has developed to analyze and interpret the denigrating fantasies of the exotic "East" that sustained the colonial mind. But what about the fantasies of "the West" in the eyes of our self-proclaimed enemies? Those remain largely unexamined and, as Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit argue, woefully misunderstood. This groundbreaking investigation into the dreams and stereotypes of the Western world that fuel hatred in the hearts of Al Qaeda and its ilk argues that the origins of those dreams lie in the West itself. The anti-Western virus has found a ready host in the Islamic world for a number of reasons, but it is not native there. The West that these jihadis imagine themselves fighting is the same menace that has haunted the thoughts of revolutionary groups since the early nineteenth century. Occidentalism identifies its main oppositions -- the timid, soft bourgeois versus the heroic revolutionary; the machine society versus the organically knit one of "blood and soil"; the sterile Western mind, all reason and no soul, versus the "inner life" of the spirit -- and provides a new conceptual framework for understanding them, as we must to face the world's most pressing issues.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

War Against the West
The Occidental City
Heroes and Merchants
Mind of the West
The Wrath of God
Seeds of Revolution
Notes
Index