The relationship between Islam and the West has frequently been subject to misunderstanding and mistrust and recent events in the international arena have only deepened this perceived divide, culturally and politically. The West often views the Islamic world - and the Islamic world the West - through a prism of mutual suspicion. In such conditions conspiracy, theories can flourish on both sides of the cultural fence, but these highly complex and important global phenomena have been the subject of surprisingly little investigation. "Orientalism and Conspiracy" explores fully for the first time the relationship between the sometimes controversial concept of Orientalism, as developed by Edward Said, and contemporary conspiracy theories, and includes Robert Irwin's fascinating survey of the role of secret societies in orientalist mythology. The authors offer a comprehensive and ground-breaking study of the conspiracy theory and Islam. It is essential reading for those seeking to understand historical and contemporary relationships between the East and West as well as the enduring and controversial legacy of the concept of Orientalism.
Arndt Graf is Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Frankfurt. Previously he taught at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang and at the Asia-Africa-Institute of the University of Hamburg. He has also held visiting positions at Cornell University, the State Islamic University Syarif Hidayatullah in Jakarta and the University of La Rochelle. He has published widely, mainly on rhetoric, media and communication in Southeast Asia. Schirin Fathi is Assistant Professor in the Asia-Africa Institute at the University of Hamburg. Her publications include Jordan - An Invented Nation?: Tribe-State Dynamics and the Formation of National Identity and the Lexikon des Nahostkonflikts. She has further published and taught on issues relating to the Middle East conflict and democracy. Ludwig Paul is Professor of Iranian Studies at the University of Hamburg. His main areas of research include Iranian linguistics and the history of Persian. He is the author of Persian Origins: Early Judaeo-Persian and the Emergence of New Persian as well as numerous articles on Iranian linguistics and cultural studies.
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Series: Library of Modern Middle East StudiesHardback
Publication Date: 30 Nov 2010
Number of Pages: 280