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Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies [Ian Buruma, Avishai Margalit ] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Twenty-five years ago. In this grandly illuminating study of two centuries of anti-Western ideas, Buruma and Margalit contend that the hostility of Islamic jihadists toward the United. Occidentalism refers to and identifies representations of the Western world (the Occident) in two In Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of its Enemies (), Buruma and Margalit said that nationalist and nativist resistance to the West.
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Occidentallism gli autori, i concetti alla base di tale occidentalis gravitano attorno ad una serie di “miti” contrapposti: Personalmente ho dei occidejtalism su quest’ultimo punto: Credo piuttosto che il libro individui, con molta intelligenza, una serie di tematiche che tendono a ripresentarsi, forse in maniera autoctona, ogniqualvolta si ripresenta un conflitto fra “conservatori” e bruuma, fra “estremisti” e “moderati”.
Per questo il libro mi ha abbastanza entusiasmato: Unico appunto che ho da fare agli autori: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Occidentalism by Ian Buruma. Twenty-five years ago, Edward Said’s Orientalism spawned a generation of scholarship on the denigrating and dangerous mirage of “the East” in the Western colonial mind.
But “the West” is the more dangerous mirage of our own time, Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit argue, and the idea of “the West” in the minds of its self-proclaimed enemies remains largely unexamined and woef Twenty-five years ago, Edward Said’s Orientalism spawned a generation of scholarship on the denigrating and dangerous mirage of “the East” in the Western colonial mind.
But “the West” is the more dangerous mirage of our own time, Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit argue, and the idea of “the West” in the minds of its occidentalisj enemies remains largely unexamined and woefully misunderstood. Occidentalism is their groundbreaking investigation of the demonizing fantasies and stereotypes about the Western world that fuel such hatred buduma the hearts of others.
We generally understand “radical Islam” as a purely Islamic phenomenon, but Buruma and Margalit show that while the Islamic part of burumw Islam certainly is, the radical part owes a primary occidentalsim of inheritance to the West. Whatever else they are, al Qaeda and its ilk are revolutionary anti-Western political movements, and Buruma and Margalit show us that the bogeyman of the West who stalks their thinking is the same one who has haunted the thoughts of many other revolutionary groups, going back to the early nineteenth century.
In this genealogy of the components of the anti-Western worldview, the same oppositions appear again and again: A work of extraordinary range and erudition, Occidentalism will permanently enlarge our collective frame of vision Paperbackpages.
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Lists with This Book. Jun 20, Hadrian rated it liked it Shelves: A series of short essays on ‘non-Western’ stereotypes of the west and their intellectual origins. Useful in finding some common characteristics – the West is overly ‘urban’, overly mercantile, ‘rational’ over spiritual, and ignoring the will of God. Buruma suggests there is a common relationship with the German romanticism of Fichte, Herder, and Schelling, though there is not enough of a c A series of short essays on ‘non-Western’ stereotypes of the west and their intellectual origins.
Buruma suggests there is a common relationship with the German romanticism of Fichte, Herder, and Schelling, though there is not enough of a casual relationship drawn here for me to accept that. Still, it is an interesting idea. Oct 08, Murtaza rated it it was ok. The point that Western ideas have animated anti-Western movements has been much better made by Pankaj Mishra and even Paul Bergman frankly. They were all straightforwardly related to foreign policy and did not require some biblical exegesis to decode.
The book is well written. But given the headft-in-the-clouds content the prose just ends up giving it an air of cultivated pomposity.
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A huge array of thinkers are summarized over a page or two each, meaning that they are pretty much all inadequately portrayed. The issue of anti-Western chauvinism is an important one but is poorly served by this lazy book, which I hope could not be written with buuma straight face today. Oct 17, Sara rated it liked it Shelves: I was really worried this book, given it’s emotionally and politically fraught topic, would fail in subtlety at some point and veer into xenophobia or merely lazy essentializing.
Happily, co-authors Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit instead display a breadth of knowledge about history and political thought in many parts of the world that allow them to talk deftly about the development of anti-western sentiments over the past several centuries without reducing any of the cultures under discussion t I was really worried this book, given it’s emotionally and politically fraught topic, would fail in subtlety at some point and veer into xenophobia or merely lazy essentializing.
Happily, co-authors Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit instead display a breadth of knowledge about history and political burumma in many parts of the bruma that allow them to talk deftly about the development of anti-western sentiments over the past several centuries without reducing any of the cultures under discussion to caricatures which is, after all, what Orientalism and Occidentalism burjma. Further they chart the development of anti-western sentiments into Occidentalism, a mode of stereotyping and demonizing occidenralism goes beyond criticizing or even acting against the West, and becomes a philosophy with which to justify extreme violence and efforts at cultural genocide.
Interestingly, Buruma and Margalit find some of the roots of Occidentalism in the West itself. They highlight Marx’s anti-capitalist thought, for instance, and the Nazis’ anti-intellectualism; both components of Occidentalism, which fundamentally occicentalism the West as a soulless, mechanized purveyor of debauched urbanity and eradicator of traditional read: As a westerner who herself sometimes thought of the West in this way, it was helpful for me to understand the authors’ crucial differentiation between occidehtalism thought and Occidentalism proper.
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The former can still account for humanity, respect difference and needn’t end in violence, whereas the latter is premised upon violent dreams of rooting out and destroying a corrupting, worthless, demonic force western culture, understood as an unnuanced totality of course. It is occudentalism crucial that the authors differentiate strongly between entire cultures or religions e. I think it is always valuable to try and see oneself in personal and macro-cultural ways with the eyes of others.
That there occidentalosm humans anywhere bent on occidentalizm destruction of other humans, imagining them to in fact be inhuman, subhuman and valueless, is not news. It’s hard to know what to do about it, however. The idea that simple awareness of bad things does anything to obviate them is a neoliberal fantasy augmented by the ease of social media self-expression. Another neoliberal fantasy is that if we could all just talk it out and understand each other, we would find we are all neoliberals underneath, which of course is a crock.
There are folks who do not believe democratic processes yield good decisions, that women or poor people or whatever group of people really ought to be controlled for the good of the community, and that privileging individual expression over family or religious obligation is self-indulgent and morally retrograde. Occjdentalism those folks have cultivated these beliefs in lucid ways.
Even as a westerner I’m sympathetic to the idea that we have elevated the individual and the material in our culture in ways that are fundamentally unhealthy for us as creatures and which create fairly demented value systems. Being embedded in the culture, however, it’s easy for me not to straight up demonize it. I’m not accusing the authors of simplistic totalizing neoliberal thought, but neither do they really discuss what – if anything – can be done to counter people who hate everything they believe you stand for and who want to kill you because of it.
As intractable conflicts all over the globe attest, meeting hate and violence with more hate and violence yields two things and only two things, more hate and violence. And here the whole topic veers into philosophical depths neither broached by this book, nor within the scope of a Goodreads review.
Just food for thought. Impotent, frustrating, saddening thought. Definitely worth a read. Oct 14, Mark rated it liked it.
As the sub-title says, the point is to describe the “West in the Eyes of Its Enemies”: The book is essentially four medium length essays, each covering different strains of Occidentalism. Although framed around illuminating the mindset of modern Islamic terrorism–how could anyone justify mass murder? Indeed, the book spends most of As the sub-title says, the point is to describe the “West in the Eyes of Its Enemies”: Indeed, the book spends most of its time looking at strains of German anti-Enlightenment romantics, Russian mysticism, Japanese nationalism and so on.
All of these were very much reactions to “the West”, so even as they invariably stressed tradition or authenticity, they were essentially modern creations as well; for example, the Japanese military’s devotion to a divine emperor was invented in the late 19th century. Still, I have to say it wasn’t a very challenging book to read and, maybe I’m being uncharitable, but I don’t think it was that challenging to write. It’s not like the anti-capitalist or anti-urban or pro-warrior mindsets haven’t been noticed before, and tying them together in this context is interesting but didn’t seem horribly profound.
On the other hand, it is a slender book with an interesting idea it presents clearly, instead of padding it out to pages with repetitive examples. Aug 15, pattrice rated it it was ok.
There are some interesting tidbits of the history of ideas here, but they are woven into an oddly unbalanced occidentalis, decontextualized story. I’m kind of mad at the authors for taking this title for a book that doesn’t live up to its promise. Occidentalism ought to be a occidentalim that looks at Occidentalism as the obverse of Orientalism, showing the parallels in these stereotyped ways of seeing the other while also surveying the material and intellectual contexts in which these ways of thinking arose.
The There are some interesting tidbits of the history of ideas here, but they are woven into an oddly unbalanced and decontextualized story. The worst part of this book is that, as this review in The Guardian notes, Buruma and Margalit give the impression that the ways of thinking they describe are almost wholly imported from Europe, thereby implicitly denying the capacity of Eastern intellectuals to think for themselves.
The best part of the book is the chapter on anti-cosmopolitanism as an intellectual trend stretching across time and geography. I also appreciate the recognition that the ways of thinking that the authors call “Occidentalism” a misnomer, as far as I’m concerned are currently present not only among radical Islamists in the East but also among fundamentalist Christians in the West, although I’d have liked that to be made more explicit.
Nov 18, Iman rated it it was ok. Oct 16, Mindy King rated it liked it Recommends it for: People interested in todays modern world. I liked this book, it makes some good points about the history of dislike of The West. However, I also think that there is a Western leaning to the book. It seemed obvious to me that “The West” is the good guy and I think a more neutral stance would have made this book a better read for me.
Nov 14, Alvin rated it really liked it. Not all anti-Capitalists are nice people Nov 23, Gavin Armour rated it really liked it.
Allerdings ist dies keine allzu neue oder bahnbrechende Erkenntnis. Der Angriff auf das World Trade Center am 9.
AUCH aus einem antimodernen Reflex ergibt: Exemplarisch kommt hier gut zum Ausdruck, welcher kulturellen Spur die Autoren da folgen. Sind deren Auswirkungen nicht offensichtlich mindestens so elementar, wie es die der Industrialisierung und Technisierung seit Mitte des Es ist, neben anderen, auch dieser Quell deutscher Geistesgeschichte, der durch das Allerdings wurde sie auch ausgerichtet.