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A new way to see world history: An Asia that isn't the East
By Wang Hui, Le Monde diplomatique, February 2005. Many Asians are now debating the idea of Asia. Some want to create a regional system in opposition to neo-liberal imperialism. Others want to transcend nationalism, which they regard as outmoded, and to create a fresh sense of Asian identity that does not depend on the old, and western-invented, dichotomy of East and West.
Israel, the US and the New Orientalism: A Repackaged Rationale for Dual Control of the Middle East
By M. Shahid Alam, CounterPunch, 14 July 2006. When Europe gained the upper hand militarily in the nineteenth century, the complex of Orientalist ideas were used to justify the conquest and colonization of Islamic lands. Shifing notion of Orientalism.
New Orientalism's ‘barbarians’ and ‘outlaws’
By Alastair Crooke, The Daily Star (Lebanon), 5 September 2006. Western academics and observers continue to see the Orient, and to define it, in polar opposites. This flawed Western analysis is entirely self-serving.
The West Studies the East, and Trouble Follows
By William Grimes, The New York Times, 1 November 2006. A review of Dangerous Knowledge: Orientalism and Its Discontents, by Robert Irwin. Edward W. Said published his highly influential polemic “Orientalism” nearly 30 years ago, and Robert Irwin, a British specialist in the history and culture of the Middle East, has been fuming ever since. What Mr. Irwin makes abundantly clear, whether he fully realizes it or not, is that “Orientalism” cannot really be refuted.