Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies [Ian Buruma, Avishai Margalit ] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Twenty-five years ago. In this grandly illuminating study of two centuries of anti-Western ideas, Buruma and Margalit contend that the hostility of Islamic jihadists toward the United. Occidentalism refers to and identifies representations of the Western world (the Occident) in two In Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of its Enemies (), Buruma and Margalit said that nationalist and nativist resistance to the West.

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The Origins of Occidentalism

Sat, 7 Feb Although interesting points buruna connections are made, the themes are so broad occidentslism to make the book impressionistic and polemical rather than analytical and persuasive. Being embedded in the culture, however, it’s easy for me not to straight up demonize it.

The West, as conceived by Islamists, worships the false gods of money, sex, and other animal lusts. The Islamist contribution to the long history of Occidentalism is a religious vision of purity in which the idolatrous West simply has to be destroyed.

The authors rely on the readers accepting these things without much question. Also, I have to admit that some of the information was lost on me for example, the ideas of various European philosophers, the history of a number of Islamic figures because I don’t have much educational background in those aforementioned subjects.

That is the problem that vexed a group of prominent Japanese intellectuals who gathered for a conference in Kyoto in The conviction that the United States represents universal values and has the God-given duty to spread democracy in the benighted world belongs to the same universalist tradition.

For example as not to fall for my own trapPol Pot gets glossed over a few times as an ”Eastern Tyrant” always opposed to Western ”Imperialists” or ”Empires”, funnily enoughwho took his Western ideas of progress, gathered at the Sorbonne in Paris studying radio technology, of which he failed the first year three times, only to be sent back to Cambodia because of it – something not mentioned in the book, it just says he got his ideas studying radio technology in Parisand just went ahead and ruled Cambodia with these twisted ideas.


Definitely not one of those books where you feel the author trying to mess with your brain. Karl Marx, himself the grandson of a rabbi, called the Jews greedy parasites, whose souls were made of money.

The idea that simple awareness of bad things does anything to obviate them is a neoliberal fantasy augmented by occidentaism ease of social media self-expression.

But what the west actually is, and therefore what should be defended, is left unsaid and treated as an article of faith. Precisely the same terms had been used by others, in other places, at other times.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Romanticists were never optimistic and believed that only what has happened in the past will happen for the future.

The people from outside burjma cities thought this was lccidentalism.

We should also guard against the temptation to fight fire with fire, Islamism with our own forms of intolerance. Whatever else they are, al Qaeda and its ilk are revolutionary anti-Western political movements, and Buruma and Margalit show us that the bogeyman of the West who stalks their thinking is the same one who has haunted the thoughts of many other revolutionary groups, going back to the early nineteenth century.

Religion World Politics Category: Arguing that Japanese nationalism, German nazism and Muslim fundamentalism all come from the same roots and burua the same view of the West is stretching it a bjruma.

It covers a wide terrain, it roves around the globe, and picks cherry-picks? Please try again later. The authors contend that the distrust, even hatred, of the West occidenntalism is so widespread in the Global South actually originated in Europe.

Sep 25, Simona GB rated it really liked it Shelves: And that means deeper analyses than just quick piqued surveys of some recent history. Is it no longer “Yankee go home and take me with you? As the sub-title says, the buruja is to describe the “West in the Eyes of Its Enemies”: A small, highly readable book that carries a big, thought-provoking punch; widens perspective on global matters both historic and current.

Unico appunto che ho da fare agli autori: Occidentalism refers to and identifies representations of the Western world the Occident in two ways: Occidenyalism hier scheint man wirklich eine grundlegend differente Vorstellung vom Zugriff auf die Welt zu haben.

Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies by Ian Buruma

As a westerner who herself sometimes thought of the West in this way, it was helpful for me to understand the authors’ crucial differentiation between anti-western thought and Occidentalism proper.

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This is not just wrong as an analysis, but dangerous, as consent for bhruma violence is always being manufactured by this sleight of hand. A series of short essays on ‘non-Western’ stereotypes of the west and their intellectual origins.

Meanwhile the book mostly leaves out the topics of imperialism and racism, both historic and modern. Napoleon was a universalist who believed in a common civil code for all his conquered subjects. I’m not accusing the authors of simplistic totalizing neoliberal thought, but neither occidentlism they really discuss what – if anything – can be done to counter people who hate everything they believe you stand for and who want to kill you because of it.

Second, it An essay on the background, history and the different manifestations of the hate against the Western culture, this work has some great qualities. It’s hard to know what to do about it, however. He jumps into action without regard for his own safety, ever ready to sacrifice himself for the cause. It is by definition a society of cowards, who prize life above death. Apr 08, Thomas Hearin rated occiedntalism it was amazing.

Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies

They are briefly discussed, but only as side-issues, playing no causal role in actual anti-western sentiments. And here the whole topic veers into philosophical depths neither broached by this book, nor within the scope of a Goodreads review. AUCH aus einem antimodernen Reflex ergibt: I wish that the authors would get more to the point than ramble on. The m The opening paragraph of the chapter titled “Mind of the West” goes: A short and quick read, this book is an important piece in not only its appraisal of the so called clashing worldviews of the west and east, by painting the perspective of the east, but in its closing as it correctly predicts how this will play out in future events.

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