The publication of Edward Said’s Orientalism in 1978 marks the inception of orientalism as a discourse. Since then, Orientalism has remained highly polemical and has become a widely employed epistemological tool. Three decades on, this volume sets out to survey, analyse and revisit the state of the Orientalist debate, both past and present.
The leitmotiv of this book is its emphasis on an intimate connection between art, land and voyage. Orientalist art of all kinds frequently derives from a consideration of the land which is encountered on a voyage or pilgrimage, a relationship which, until now, has received little attention.
Through adopting a thematic and prosopographical approach, and attempting to locate the fundamentals of the debate in the historical and cultural contexts in which they arose, this book brings together a diversity of opinions, analyses and arguments.
Table of Contents
Introduction – Ian Netton Section I: Imagining the Orient 1.1 The Muslim World in British Historical Imaginations: “Re-thinking Orientalism” K.Humayun Ansari 1.2 Can the (Sub)altern Resist? A Dialogue Between Foucault and Said Arshin Adib-Moghaddam 1.3 Edward Said and the Political Present Nadia Abu El-Haj 1.4 New Orientalisms for Old: Articulations of the East in Raymond Schwab, Edward Said and Two Nineteenth Century French Orientalists Geoffrey Nash 1.5 Orientalism and Sufism: An Overview Linda Sijbrand Section II: Art 2.1 Orientalism in Arts and Crafts Revisited: The Lessons from the Orient John M. Mackenzie 2.2 Visual Ethnography, Stereotypes and Photographing Algeria Susan Slymovics Section III: Land 3.1 Revisiting Edward W. Said’s Palestine: Between Nationalism and Post-Zionism Ilan Pappe 3.2 Studies and Souvenirs of Palestine and Transjordan: The Revival of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and the Re-Discovery of the Holy Land during the 19th Century Paolo Maggiolini 3.3 Arabizing the Bible: Racial Supersessionism in Nineteenth Century Christian Art and Biblical Scholarship Ivan Davidson Kalmar 3.4 Orientalism and Bibliolatry: Framing the Holy Land in 19th Century Protestant Bible Customs Texts Daniel Martin Varisco Part IV: Voyage 4.1 The Orient’s Medieval "Orient(alism)": The Rihla of Sulayman al-Tajir Nizar F. Hermes 4.2 Ibn Battuta in Wanderland: Voyage as Text: Was Ibn Battuta and Orientalist? – Ian Richard Netton Section V: The Occidental Mirror 5.1 The Maghreb and the Occident: Towards the Construction of an Occidentalist Discourse Zahia Smail Salhi
Professor Ian Richard Netton is Sharjah Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Exeter. His primary research interests are Islamic theology and philosophy, Sufism, medieval Arab travellers, anthropology of religion, Arabic and Islamic bibliography, comparative textuality and semiotics, and comparative religion. He is the author or editor of nineteen books of which the most recent is Islam, Christianity and the Mystic Journey: A Comparative Exploration (2011).