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Contending Visions of the Middle East
The History and Politics of Orientalism

2nd Edition


Part of The Contemporary Middle East

  • Date Published: November 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521133074

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About the Authors
  • Zachary Lockman's informed and thoughtful history of European Orientalism and US Middle East studies, the 'clash of civilizations' debate and America's involvement in the region has become a highly recommended and widely used text since its publication in 2004. The second edition of Professor Lockman's book brings his analysis up to date by considering how the study of the Middle East has evolved in the intervening years, in the context of the US occupation of Iraq and the 'global war on terror'.

    • Offers an alternative to some very widespread analyses of the Middle East and Islam
    • Shows how Western knowledge of Islam and the Middle East has evolved within, and was affected by, particular circumstances and contexts, especially European and then US power in the Muslim world
    • Takes on some of the leading contemporary analysts of Islam and shows the questionable assumptions and claims on which their approach rests
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: November 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521133074
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 6 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. In the beginning
    2. Islam, the West and the rest
    3. Orientalism and empire
    4. The American century
    5. Turmoil in the field
    6. Said's Orientalism: a book and its aftermath
    7. After Orientalism?

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • America and the Muslim World
    • Arab Uprsing
    • History of Modern Middle East, 1800-Present
    • Introduction to Global Politics
    • Islam and the West
    • Middle East Seminar
    • Middle East in the Modern Era
    • Orientalism
    • Social and Political History of the Middle East
    • The Orient and the Occident
  • Author

    Zachary Lockman, New York University
    Zachary Lockman teaches modern Middle Eastern history at New York University. His previous publications include Comrades and Enemies: Arab and Jewish Workers in Palestine, 1906–1948 (1996). He has served as president of the Middle East Studies Association, speaks and writes widely on current events in the Middle East and US foreign policy, and is a contributing editor of Middle East Report.

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