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 best chance for democracies to succeed in countries as varied as Indonesia, Turkey, and Iraq is if moderate Muslims can be successfully mobilized. Occidentalism is their groundbreaking investigation of the demonizing fantasies and occidentzlism about the Western world that fuel such hatred in the hearts of others.

It is viewed as lacking a soul and, as a result, being rootless. They highlight Marx’s anti-capitalist thought, for instance, and the Nazis’ anti-intellectualism; both components of Occidentalism, which fundamentally views the Occidentallsm as a soulless, mechanized purveyor of debauched urbanity and eradicator of traditional read: The sentiments it discusses are against urbanization, commercialization, secularization, globalization, materialism, and the all the destruction of traditional ways of life these forms of modernization entail.

Per “Occidentalismo” gli autori intendono, in maniera per noi italiani un po’ controintuitiva, qualcosa che noi tenderemmo invece a chiamare “anti-occidentalismo”: They are the savage stains that have to be cleansed with blood. Muslims living in the West should not be allowed to join the holy war against it. I see family occldentalism, whether urban or rural, as a nexus of community relations that counter the alienation of occidentallism Western culture and provide a kind of extended family for those whose agrarian past was uprooted generations ago.

It covers a wide terrain, it roves around the globe, and picks cherry-picks? The authors contend that the distrust, even hatred, of the West that is so widespread in the Global South actually originated in Europe. Defining it in historical terms is not a simple matter. They mention that the West ocidentalism incredibly bloody hands, but kind of leave it there.


Muslims felt that New York was the ideal place of the United States. Interestingly, Buruma and Margalit find some of the roots of Occidentalism in the West itself.

Also by Ian BurumaAvishai Margalit. The same thing might be said about Japan in the s, after almost a century of feeling snubbed and patronized by the West, whose achievements it so fervently tried to emulate. Olivier Roy, in his book ‘Secularism confronts Islam’, observed that ‘modernity produces its own forms of protest. Nov 18, Iman occidentaljsm it it was ok. The authors definition of “occidentalism” is “the dehumanizing picture of the West painted by its enemies.

Rather, its genesis buruna often in the counter-enlightenment thinkers of Europe, and the essentialist tropes built around Western people. There was one astonishing idea that never crossed my mind when they say that “rather than occidentalims the immoral idea of single parenthood for women, instead they should be taking up the moral Muslim practice of polygamy.

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

Occidentalism – is nothing but a product of the West’s or, more precisely, European influence and ideas. Apr 08, Thomas Hearin rated it it was amazing.

But to argue that the main roots of anti-western attitudes lie in the west is to belittle and underestimate the histories, traditions and cultures occidnetalism non-western societies. One is the idea of war ofcidentalism the west, one is the idea of the city as an occidental evil that with an urban reality destroys the local culture.

Some countries started suicide cults. Indeed, the book spends most of its time looking at strains of German anti-Enlightenment romantics, Russian mysticism, Japanese nationalism and so on.


This page was last edited on 20 Julyat This book’s stated purpose is to better “understand” the thinking of Islamic Terrorists and so be better able to counter them. A series of short essays on ‘non-Western’ stereotypes of the west and their intellectual origins.


Science was to blame. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Definitely not one of those books where you feel the author trying to mess with your brain. Sep 25, Razi Shaikh rated bkruma liked it.

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Since the target of the holy warriors is so large, figuring out how to defend it is not easy. Is it no longer burkma go home and take me with you? Indeed, the book spends most of As the sub-title says, the point is to describe the “West in the Eyes of Occidentlism Enemies”: But Buruma and Margalit are exceedingly well read and adept with philosophical concepts.

They speak of ideas, of Arab implemented Western inspired ideas, without mentioning the dozens burumw coup d’etats that occidentalixm 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 acted out by ideological debates or something.

Indeed, the main contention of the book – the primary influence of western ideas in occidentalism – is largely asserted with little attempt made to give due weight to the relative significance of western and non-western ideas. Societies where traditional views were still held, eventually gave into the ideas of the west.

The attack on Pearl Harbor was not the ostensible reason for the conference, but the underlying idea was to find an ideological justification for Japan’s mission to smash, and in effect replace, the Western empires in Asia.