Islam, Orientalism and Intellectual History: Modernity and the Politics of Exclusion since Ibn Khaldun by Mohammad R. SalamaIslam, Orientalism and Intellectual History: Modernity and the Politics of Exclusion since Ibn Khaldun by Mohammad R. Salama

Islam, Orientalism and Intellectual History: Modernity and the Politics of Exclusion since Ibn…

byMohammad R. Salama, Mohammad R Salama

Hardcover | April 15, 2011

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As the events and aftermath of 9/11 have shown, the relationship between Islam and the West is deeply troubled. In Islam, Orientalism and Intellectual History, Mohammad Salama calls for a new understanding of Islam as a historical condition that has existed in relationship to the West since the seventh century. He compares the Arab-Islamic and European traditions of historical thought since the early modern period, focusing on the watershed moments that informed their ideas of intellectual history and perceptions of one another. Islam, he argues, has played a major role in enabling and positioning Western historiography at key points, leaving palpable imprints on Islamic historiography in the process. Focusing on Ibn Khaldun, the complexities of orientalism and modernity, and recent European as well as Arab writings on these themes, this book is essential for all those interested in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, Western and Islamic philosophies of history, and modernity.

Mohammad Salama teaches Arabic at San Francisco State University and specializes in modern Arabic literature, Arab colonial and postcolonial thought, intellectual history and Arab cultural studies. He is the co-editor of German Colonialism: Race, the Holocaust, and Postwar Germany (forthcoming 2011).
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Title:Islam, Orientalism and Intellectual History: Modernity and the Politics of Exclusion since Ibn…Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.84 × 5.67 × 1.07 inPublished:April 15, 2011Publisher:I.B. Tauris & Co LtdLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface * Acknowledgments * Introduction * History and Fiction, Or, How the Writing of History Became a Discourse of Conquest * European Modernity and the Relocation of Islam in History * The Emergence of the Arab as a Historical Category in the Eighteenth-Century European Imagination * How did Islam make it into Hegel’s Philosophy of World History? * Colonization and its Discontents: Conquering the Islamic Other * Postcolonial Battles over Ibn Khaldun: Intellectual History between Arab Nationalism and Western Ethnocentrism * Epilogue: Historicizing the Global, Politicizing Islam, Giving Violence a New Name * Bibliography * Index

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"An artfully written, colloquially vibrant work of demystifying scholarship. Salama has written the best study I know on the nagging misrecognition of Arabs and Muslims in the West by brilliantly re-thinking the much-maligned concepts of ‘history’ and ‘modernity’ across the East/West divide. At once a primer on Arabic intellectual traditions and an explosive and original re-reading of Ibn Khaldun and Hegel. Generous, hugely informative, and against the grain." -- Timothy Brennan, Professor, Department of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature, and English, University of Minnesota"Dr. Salama has written a book of tremendous insight and erudition. Not only is the subject matter timely, it is also presented with original research and analysis. Setting out to examine modern encounters between Islam and the West from the point of view of intellectual history, he pulls together these dialectical elements for a much-needed exploration of Islamic thought. Dr. Salama’s analysis is both provocative and expertly rendered, and he writes astutely about matters that have largely been ignored in both scholarly and popular discourses. For instance, most scholars of critical theory, postcolonialism and intellectual history have little idea of Islam’s emergence as both a category and idea in British explorations of modernity vis-à-vis its Muslim-majority colonies. Dr. Salama’s discussion of intellectual traditions beyond the problematic notion of a clash of civilizations provides this book with a particular urgency." -- Steven Salaita, Associate Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and author of The Uncultured Wars:  Arabs, Muslims, and the Poverty of Liberal Thought (2008) "This book is essential for all those interested in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, Western and Islamic philosophies of history and modernity." -- Mohammad Salama, Abrar