By Ian Almond

The west’s Orientalism, its building of an Arabic and Islamic ‘Other’, has been uncovered, tested and expurgated below the severe idea microscope. while postmodern thinkers from Nietzsche onwards have hired the motifs and emblems of the Islamic Orient inside an ongoing critique of western modernity, an appropriation which - this highly debatable booklet argues - runs each threat of turning into a brand new and extra insidious department of Orientalism. reading the paintings of Nietzsche, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Jean Baudrillard, Julia Kristeva and Slavoj Zizek and of postmodern writers from Borges to Salman Rushdie and Orhan Pamuk, Ian Almond additionally attracts on Muslim thinkers together with Akbar S. Ahmed and Bobby S. Sayyid during this rigorous but provocative publication to reveal the consequences of this ‘use’ of Islam for either the postmodern venture and for Islam itself. In gentle of the present weather of worry and hysteria concerning the Islamic international, the recent Orientalists might infrequently be extra well timed.

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