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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When being described through out the book, the west or western countries are usually depicting America. Jul 16, Bryn Plus Others rated it liked it Shelves: And the west, in this sense, includes such fragile Asian democracies as Indonesia and the Philippines [which begs a host of questions].

Unfortunately, Occidentalism is a far cry from the eloquent and gracious Inventing Japan. Then they set occudentalism to show that most of the mis conceptions of the East about the West – i. Defining it in historical terms is not a simple matter. It reminded occidentallsm of the book I just finished, my least favorite Robert D.

Although many of these opinions have appeared elsewhere individually, this is the only book I’ve found that presents them all as parts of a larger picture. Christianity is a universalist faith, but so is the Enlightenment belief in reason.

But given that burima not the case, and that the history and role of the west is, to put it mildly, chequered, then we need to know precisely what is worth – and what is not worth – defending.

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Not all dreams of local authenticity and buuruma uniqueness are noxious, or even wrong. 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.


Some countries traded and stole ideas from other countries such as Russia iccidentalism the word Rus from a Scandanavian name. So, so, very boring.

It’s true that the west is often identified as the perfidious source of this toxic modernization – by Prussians, Russians, Japanese and Islami A big fat meh.

The title “Occidentalism” is a rejoinder to the concept of “Orientalism”. This book’s stated purpose is to better “understand” the thinking of Islamic Terrorists and so be better able to counter them. Their argument is organised by theme rather than chronology or geography. The urban view emphasizes technology, mechanism, reductionism and numeracy to the exclusion of deeper spiritual, intuitive aspects of human nature. Stalinists and Maoists murdered class enemies and were opposed to capitalism.

The issue of anti-Western chauvinism is an important one but is poorly served by this lazy book, which I hope could not be written with a straight face today. Aug 15, pattrice rated it it was ok.

This is, in my opinion a major flaw in the work of Buruma and Margalit. Third, the authors seem to ignore the widespread ties between West and East – e. But Buruma and Margalit are exceedingly well read and adept with philosophical concepts.

Jun 21, Jami Powell rated it it was amazing. Second, it does present some innovative points of view. Many traditional Asian countries despise cities. Per “Occidentalismo” gli autori intendono, in maniera per noi italiani un po’ controintuitiva, qualcosa che noi tenderemmo invece a chiamare “anti-occidentalismo”: What, then, is the Occidentalist idea of the West? I feel like the point of this book was pointless because what is happening now contradicts pretty much what the book was say.

Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies

Authenticity lies in poetry, intuition, and blind faith. Christians would not go the extreme to kill mass amounts of people in the name of God. And the Occidentalist hero, whether he is a Nazi or an Islamist, is just as ready to destroy those who sully the purity of his race or creed. In a sense, Occidentalism is anti-Semitism writ large, as hatred for Jews suffuses burum of its forms, but Anti-Americanism looms even larger.


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Occidentalism occidebtalism their groundbreaking investigation of the demonizing fantasies and stereotypes about the Western world that fuel such hatred in the hearts of others. One would like to think that all people could benefit from democracy or the use of reason.

To ask other readers questions about Occidentalismplease sign up. But the new jahiliyya, in the sense of barbarism, is byruma, from Las Vegas and Wall Street to the palaces of Riyadh. Mar 29, Pages. Western stereotypes appear in works of IndianChinese and Japanese art of those times. A series of short essays on ‘non-Western’ stereotypes of the west and their intellectual origins.

Allerdings ist dies keine allzu neue oder bahnbrechende Occidentalis. Occidentalism is one of these books, the authors taking the opportunity of the hightened attention to write a book that, although not officially occidentailsm as such, is an attempt to form a response to the late Palestinian intellectual Edward Said’s famous work: The hero is one who acts without calculating his interests.

To be equipped with the mind of the West is like being an idiot savant, mentally defective but with a special gift for making arithmetic calculations. First, the Orient cannot all be lumped into one basket.

The Islamist contribution to the long history of Occidentalism is a religious vision of purity in which the idolatrous West simply occiidentalism to be destroyed.