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For Lust of Knowing By Robert Irwin

For Lust of Knowing by Robert Irwin

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Charts the origins of Orientalism, the study of the Middle and near East and its foremost practitioners. In doing so, the author banishes the ghosts of Edward Said's Orientalism, which branded this rich and wondrous field of study a weapon of imperialism.

For Lust of Knowing Summary

For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and their Enemies by Robert Irwin

Robert Irwin has spent a lifetime investigating and imagining the history of the Islamic world. In "For Lust of Knowing", the culmination of that lifetime's devotion, he makes the definitive case for the Orientalists. Irwin charts the origins of Orientalism in this case, the study of the Middle and near East and its foremost practitioners, from Ancient Greece up to the present day. In doing so, he finally banishes the ghosts of Edward Said's Orientalism, which branded this rich and wondrous field of study a weapon of imperialism. Irwin shows that, whether making philological comparisons between Arabic and Hebrew, cataloguing the coins of Fatimid Egypt or establishing the basic chronology of Harun al-Rashid's military campaigns against Byzantium, these scholars have been unified not by politics or by ideology but by their shared obsession. For "Lust of Knowing" is an extraordinary, passionate book, both a sustained argument and a brilliant work of original scholarship.

About Robert Irwin

Robet Irwin's non-fiction includes The Arabian Nights: A Companion, Islamic Art, Night & Horses & the Desert: An Anthology of Classical Arabic Literature and The Alhambra. He is also the author of many novels. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the London Institute of Pataphysics.

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GOR011324824
9780713994155
0713994150
For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and their Enemies by Robert Irwin
Used - Like New
Hardback
Penguin Books Ltd
2006-01-26
416
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