Terrorist Discourse in Naqvi’s ‘Home Boy’: A Neo Orientalist Perspective

Atta ul Mustafa, Syed Kazim Shah


The purpose of this paper is to study Naqvi’s novel, Home Boy (2010) as a Neo Orientalist discourse of US officials about Pakistani Muslims. This paper will discuss how US officials including that of G. W. Bush perceive the Oriental world _ by using the same strategy _ as one distinguished by strangeness, Creepiness, and unusual practices; a world that is ‘Other’ than that of Anglo-American familiar to the American public. In short what terrorist discourse of Neo Orientalists in the  novel confirmed, was Said’s thesis about the “subtle and persistent Eurocentric prejudice against Arabo-Islamic peoples and their culture” (The Edward Said Reader 2000, 69). The paper argues that the terrorist discourse in the novel is certainly a Neo Orientalist discourse enacted by the Center to demonize marginal Islam and its followers.

Keywords: Discourse, Neo- orientalism, Islamophobia, Demonize, Eurocentric Prejudice

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