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Interrogating Orientalism: Contextual Approaches and Pedagogical Practices


The story of how Europeans institutionalized, commodified, and controlled their anxious projections about Muslim "Others" is a long, complex, and ultimately tragic saga that the term "Orientalism" only partially conveys. Historians as well as literary, religious, political, and cultural critics have attempted for close to four hundred years to come to terms with the meaning of Islam and more broadly with the challenges that the Eastern world presents to the West. More importantly for the purposes of this essay, it is necessary to recognize that the binary model (Self/Other) adopted by Edward Said to define Orientalism has been challenged and modified by recent feminist literary critics as both gender and class-blind.


Published version. "The Female Captivity Narrative: Blood, Water, and Orientalism," Interrogating Orientalism: Contextual Approaches and Pedagogical Practices. Eds. Diane Hoeveler and Jeffrey Cass. Columbus, Ohio: Ohio State University Press, 2006: 46-71. Permalink. © 2006 Ohio State University Press. Used with permission.