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Viewing the Islamic Orient

British Travel Writers of the Nineteenth Century, 1st Edition

By Pallavi Pandit Laisram

Routledge India

268 pages

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The Islamic Orient studies the travel accounts of four British travelers during the nineteenth century. Through a critical analysis of these works, the author examines and questions Edward Said’s concept of "Orientalism" and "Orientalist" discourse: his argument that the orientalist view had such a strong influence on westerners that they invariably perceived the orient through the lens of orientalism. On the contrary, the author argues, no single factor had an overwhelming influence on them. She shows that westerners often struggled with their own conceptions of the orient, and being away for long periods from their homelands, were in fact able to stand between cultures and view them both as insiders and outsiders.

The literary devices used to examine these writings are structure, characterization, satire, landscape description, and word choice, as also the social and political milieu of the writers. The major influences in the author’s analysis are Said, Foucault, Abdel-Malek and Marie Louise Pratt.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Viewing the Islamic Orient 1. 'English Gentlemen Say, Hajji baba Very Clever Book': The Shifts in the Work of James Morier 2. Alexander Kinglake: 'The Eternal Ego that I am' 3. Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton: 'The Hajji from the Far-North' 4. Gertrude Bell: The Romantic

About the Author

Pallavi Pandit Laisram is at the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts, Hyderabad, India. She has been Adjunct Faculty, Montgomery College, Maryland, USA, and has just returned to India after completing her Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Middle East / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies
TRAVEL / General