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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Olivier Roy, in his book ‘Secularism confronts Islam’, observed that ‘modernity produces its own forms of protest.

What, then, is the Occidentalist idea of the West? Typically, at least in broad brush strokes, rural people are or were closer to the soil, more religious, have deeper family ties and may pursue a ‘purer’ life.

It’s not like the anti-capitalist or anti-urban or pro-warrior mindsets haven’t been noticed before, and tying them together in this context is interesting but didn’t seem horribly profound. The stated intention of the authors is to defend the west against its enemies by seeking to understand them. They are the savage stains that have to be cleansed with blood. The West in the Eyes of its Enemies burum, Buruma and Margalit said that nationalist and nativist resistance to the West replicates Eastern-world responses against the socio-economic forces of modernizationwhich originated in Western culture, among utopian radicals and conservative nationalists who viewed capitalismliberalismand secularism as forces destructive of their societies and cultures.

The West, as conceived by Islamists, worships the false gods of money, sex, and other animal lusts. For example as not to fall for my own trapPol Pot gets glossed over a few times as an ”Eastern Tyrant” always opposed It’s concise, which is alright if you’re familiar with the topics at hand, but it makes the work draw on presupposed principles quite a lot. They highlight Marx’s anti-capitalist thought, for instance, and the Nazis’ anti-intellectualism; both components of Occidentalism, which fundamentally views the West as a soulless, mechanized purveyor of debauched urbanity and eradicator of traditional read: Japan now a days seems like the U.

Some inadvertence, some lack of proof and, at times, speculations are to occidentalsm expected. Further it states that this intolerance should not be viewed as simply a reaction that ‘the east’ is not responsible for orientalismnor that organized religion is the main root of the problem as it does not encompass the majority of Muslims nor are secular regimes exempt from historic atrocities.


Calculation—the accounting of money, interests, scientific evidence, and so on—is regarded as soulless. Romanticists were never optimistic and believed that only what has happened in the past will happen for the future. Secondo gli autori, i concetti alla base di tale ideologia g Per “Occidentalismo” gli autori intendono, in maniera per noi italiani occidenta,ism po’ controintuitiva, qualcosa che noi tenderemmo invece a chiamare “anti-occidentalismo”: Often it devotes a complete chapter to each of these sub-analyses.

Is it no longer “Yankee go home and take me occldentalism you? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Moderate Muslims everywhere are cowed into silence by aggressive U. Und manchmal auch richtiggehend treffen. The book seems to opine that although some negative reactions are inevitable, they have been made much worse both occidentaljsm the colonizing and bullying and patronizing behavior of the West and by the ill-starred actions of many dictators and despots including those that tried to “catch up” with the West by suddenly and violently suppressing traditions.

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

Blood, soil, and the spirit of the Volk were what German romantics in the late 18th and early 19th centuries invoked against the universalist claims of the French Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and Napoleon’s invading armies. Es ist, neben anderen, auch dieser Quell deutscher Geistesgeschichte, der durch das Authenticity lies in poetry, intuition, and blind faith.

And they are not, at least not always, anti-western. Open Preview See a Problem? Friendships even perhaps, a type of kinship may develop that is filling the gap of the missing extended family. These guys the 2 authors were in love with their thesaurus using long strings of adjectives such as “to the idea of America itself, as a rootless, cosmopolitan, superficial, trivial, materialistic, racially mixed, fashion-addicted civilization.

The West, particularly the United States, was coldly mechanical, a machine civilization without spirit or soul, a place where people mixed to produce mongrel races. The book is a few years old and still should be updated or have a sequel to it.

So were capitalism, the absorption occirentalism Japanese occisentalism of modern technology, and notions of individual freedom and democracy. A series of short essays on ‘non-Western’ stereotypes of the west and their intellectual origins. Occidentalism – is nothing but a product of the West’s or, more precisely, European influence and ideas. On the other hand, it is a slender book with an interesting idea it presents clearly, instead of padding it out to pages with repetitive examples.


However, this is not a scientific paper but an essay. Definitely worth a read. I was really worried this book, given it’s emotionally and politically fraught topic, would fail in subtlety at some point and veer into xenophobia or merely lazy essentializing.

They are certainly interesting – so much so that it’s almost worthwhile to abandon the book’s theses and read it solely for the interpretive nuggets. First, the Orient cannot all be lumped into one basket.


It was short and well-supported book. Man wagt es kaum auszusprechen. Personalmente ho dei dubbi su quest’ultimo punto: Osama buruuma Laden clearly does, and he is still at large.

And mistitled, as the book is more about anti- modernism than it is about anti- westernism. It is when purity or authenticity, of faith or race, leads to purges of the supposedly inauthentic, of the allegedly occientalism, that mass murder begins. Buru,a not one of those books where you feel the author trying to mess with your brain.

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.

Japan under the divine emperor, the Occidentlism united under Islam, China as a community of peasants. I liked it because the book was full of history. That would be perfectly acceptable if one adopted a Manichaean view, where the world consisted of good and evil, and the west enjoyed a monopoly of the former. Stay in Touch Sign up. It reminded me of the book I just finished, my least favorite Robert D. Finally, the United States, as the only Western superpower, has indeed come to stand for the West as a whole.

Stalinists and Maoists murdered class enemies and were opposed to capitalism. It’s helpful and far more honest not to see the book as a response to Edward Said’s Orientalism, as its title may mistakenly suggest.