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Orientalism and War

Tarak Barkawi and Ketih Stanski


The “War on Terror” gave rise to stark visions of a Christian West battling a mad mullah from the East over nothing less than the fate of civilization. These baldly Orientalist constructions are only the latest incarnation of an older, deeper relationship between Orientalism and war, one that can be traced as far back as the Greek and Persian wars of antiquity. This volume examines the Orientalist constructs that arise from conflict and military intervention in the non-European world. Rather than simply describing Western representations of the East during times of war, it seeks to place them ... More

Keywords: war, orientalism, identity, othering, power, knowledge, discourse, Islam, Terrorism, experts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199327782
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199327782.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tarak Barkawi, editor
University of Cambridge

Ketih Stanski, editor
Oxford University

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1 Introduction

Tarak Barkawi Keith Stanski*

Part 1 Representations of Self and Other

2 Shocked by War

Arjun Chowdhury*

5 Can the Insurgent Speak?

Hugh Gusterson*

6 Colonial Wars, Postcolonial Specters

Quỳnh N. Phạm Himadeep R. Muppidi*

Part 2 War as Orientalism

7 Orientalism in the Machine

Josef Teboho Ansorge*

10 Victimhood as Agency

Margaret A. Mills

Part 3 Orientalism as War

13 Afterword

Patrick Porter

End Matter