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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Cocidentalism authors definition of “occidentalism” is “the dehumanizing picture of the West painted by i I am looking for small books so I can get closer to my goal of 50 for this year.

Dec 01, Rikkert Kuijper rated it liked it. The last is the seeds that bring revolution, looking at various examples and showing how some current situations mirror these historical ones, and theorizing what that means for the world going forward.

Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies

Allerdings wurde sie auch ausgerichtet. In this barbarous world the thoughts and laws and desires of Man have replaced the kingdom of God. 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.

Democracies and imperialistic powers usually won against liberal and traditional countries. Looking for More Great Reads? We then get to religion and the various ways the west is seen as idolatrous, including the way that women are treated. With support from Al-Queda, several extreme Islamist sent planes into the twin towers, a field in Pennsylvania, and into the Pentagon.

Views Read Edit View history. I’m not saying we should ignore religious or other cultural factors, just that we shouldn’t ignore political realities, or diminish their importance, which is basically what the authors are trying to do.

This is used to ”prove” that Western ideas, taken to logical extremes are the things that ruined countries like Cambodia, completely ignoring the Western idea of capitalism taken to its logical extreme, supposedly fighting the other Western idea of communism in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, laying the countries in absolute desolation and killing millions of people, thereby making the Khmer Rouge the victor of a vicious civil war in Cambodia.

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This was also the language of Spanish fascists during the civil war, and of Nazi ideologues, and Japanese kamikaze pilots. Perhaps it is the totality of its vision.


We should also guard against the temptation to fight fire with fire, Islamism with our own forms of intolerance. A work of extraordinary range and erudition, Occidentalism will permanently enlarge our collective frame of vision 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. European colonialism provoked Occidentalism, and so does global capitalism today.

Ian Buruma, The Origins of Occidentalism

Calculation—the accounting of money, interests, scientific evidence, and so on—is regarded as soulless. Since the target of the holy warriors is so large, figuring out how to defend it is not easy. They speak of ideas, of Arab implemented Western inspired ideas, without mentioning the dozens of coup d’etats that happened in the space of years in Iraq and Syria, heavily backed economically and militarily by the US and the USSR, implying that all these were occidetalism out by ideological debates or something.

Meanwhile the book mostly leaves out the topics of imperialism and racism, both historic and modern. Apart from one chapter, easily the best in the book, on the nature of Islam, little attention is paid to non-western ideas and discourse. It is impossible to understand anti-western resentment purely in terms of ideas: Feb 09, Mal Warwick rated it really liked it Shelves: For example, the authours bring Jewish Zionism as an example of the “evil West”, providing a very simplistic view of Zionism as “Jews buying land with money from Arabs”.

It does, however, give a very good image of the ideological weapons against the West, and the idea of the West that rules in ”the other” countries but also the West itself. The attacks of September 11th have spawned a plethora of books about Islam and the Middle East, all trying to explain to the bewildered Westerner how those planes came crashing out of the skies on that bright and fateful autumn day.

Oct 16, Mindy King rated it liked it Recommends it for: My personal note here being that it’s obviously not all the fault of the West, that would be silly to say, but Buruma and Margalit seem to assume some sort of tabula rasa for people in war torn countries. The authors are actually arguing that while we may blame Islam or other religions for inciting violencereligion is merely a bystander being manipulated by a line of thinking that has pervaded for centuries.

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. I think it is full of facts and resources but at the same time very dry. Books by Ian Buruma. They believe in bruuma communities where every body is of the same origin and belonging.


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Also by Ian BurumaAvishai Margalit. Although they try to bring toge occidentakism the many cultures and nations of the Occident, including Asian history, their analysis is most meaningful only when they write about Islam, which I suspect was what they set out to explain in the first place. Being embedded in bruuma culture, however, it’s easy for me not to straight up demonize it.

But the new jahiliyya, in the sense of barbarism, is everywhere, from Las Vegas and Wall Street to the palaces of Riyadh. It’s not some guy studying something, talking about Marxism with his bros and ruthlessly applying it to his native country, it’s a militant organization that fed off of extremist and superfluous devastation of their country, grabbing whatever means they had at their disposal and using it to legitimate their resistance against these foreign oppressors.

A lot of occidentalists blamed it on the Jews or British. In my judgment these uncommon interpretations are in fact correct.

Oct 15, Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it Shelves: Nov 14, Alvin rated it really liked it. Although framed around illuminating the mindset of modern Islamic terrorism–how could anyone justify mass murder?

Even though Western governments should back the forces for democracy, the hard political struggle cannot be won in Washington, or through the force of U. Aurel Kolnai, the great Hungarian scholar, wrote a book in the s about fascist ideology in Austria and Germany.

They did not fear death and would rather die for their country or some sort of cause than give into western ideas. It is odd, therefore, that their version of occidentalism seems to get dangerously close to the orientalism they abhor. However, this is not a scientific paper but an essay. It was one of the most common anti-Semitic slurs employed by Richard Wagner. Wherever it occurs, Occidentalism is fed by a sense of humiliation, of defeat.

Moderate Muslims everywhere are cowed into silence by aggressive U. The opening paragraph of the chapter titled occidentaliism of the West” goes: