Orientalism on Cultural Dispute

Ismail Noori Mseer


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Reference and Anti-Reference

The term "Orientalism" refers to further passive overlap and misunderstanding due to its inherent immediacy among cultural and epistemic contexts and the clear difference between them. If the most impressive feature depends on distinguishing the strength points in the relation between the two parties, its clearest endeavor, as it depends on control, dominance and permeation through knowledge, is to attempt imposing its influence that is power. As much as Orientalism is subject to attack, rejection and execration, the amount of slander in this term should be a guideline revealing the necessity to discern not the amount of knowledge it is based on as much as the significance of its intentions, purposes and goals. This is particularly so when we find that the contexts in which Orientalism is most active are often related to the amount of the political activity of the west (Occident) which did not hesitate to march to the east (Orient) in campaigns that found expression in the first western wave, that is the Crusades 1095-1291, the second wave, that is from 1507 till the end of World War II, while the third wave came in the wake of the cold war between the communist and capitalist rivals. This is together with the theorization by strategic experts drawing the nature and content of the relation between the west, being an epistemic, cultural and political system, and the Middle East in particular. This came as a result of the civilization conflict which grounds were laid by Huntington in his "Clash of Civilizations" derived from the theses of the conservative orientalist "Bernard Lewis".


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