Orientalism

Orientalism

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The first ‘Orientalists’ were 19th-century scholars who translated the writings of ‘the Orient’ into English, established on the assumption that a truly effectual colonial conquest required knowledge of the conquered peoples. By knowing the Orient, the West came to own it. The Orient became the object; the studied, the seen, the observed, Orientalist scholars were the students, the seers, the observer’s Latent Orientalism is the unconscious, untouchable certainty about what the Orient is. Its basic content is static and universal. (more…)

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