Occidentalisms in the Arab World: Ideology and Images of the West in the Egyptian Media

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I.B.Tauris, Mar 15, 2011 - Political Science - 208 pages
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While the Western perception of the "the Orient" has become a well-worn topic in the field of Asian and Middle Eastern studies, the way in which the Arab world has come to perceive the West has been largely neglected. Occidentalisms in the Arab World not only presents a comprehensive overview and pointed commentary on recent works in the emerging field of Occidentalist studies, but also provides new insight on the interplay between ideology and image in the formulation of "the West." Robbert Woltering provides an in-depth look at the ways in which multiple representations -- occidentalisms -- of the West have developed in Egypt since the end of the Cold War. Through the rigorous analysis of political speeches, popular literature and recurrent images, Woltering examines the ideological foundations that continue to shape the image of the Occident in the twenty-first century. Occidentalisms in the Arab World provides an unparalleled and original commentary in an emerging field at the intersection of Middle East Studies, Political Science, and Media Studies.


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Robbert Woltering received his Ph. D at the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World at Leiden University. He is currently Lecturer in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He is also the co-editor of ZemZem, a Dutch periodical which focuses on the Middle East as well and the co-founder of the Zenobia Foundation, which promotes study of relations between the East and West.

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