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      Neo-Orientalism and the Neo-Imperialism Thesis: Post-9/11 US and Arab World Relationship

      Arab Studies Quarterly
      Pluto Journals
      post 9/11, terrorist attacks, neo-Orientalism, imperialism, terrorism, Arab, America, culture


            Post-9/11 American neo-Orientalist representations pervade today's politics and journalism about the Arab World. Since the first emergence of the Middle East representation in American writings of the nineteenth century, one can assume that nothing has changed in representations of the Middle East in the US. This article explores a twenty-first century phenomenon called “neo-Orientalism,” a style of representation that, while indebted to classical Orientalism, focuses on “othering” the Arab world with the exclusion of some geographic parts, such as India and Turkey, from the classical map of Orientalism. Although neo-Orientalism represents a shift in the selection of its subject and locale, it nonetheless reproduces certain repetitions of and conceptual continuities with its precursor. Like classical Orientalism, neo-Orientalism is a monolithic discourse based on binarism between the superior American values and the inferior Arab culture.


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            Arab Studies Quarterly
            Pluto Journals
            Fall 2014
            : 36
            : 4
            : 313-323
            © 2014 The Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

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            Social & Behavioral Sciences
            America,culture,terrorist attacks,post 9/11,neo-Orientalism,imperialism,terrorism,Arab


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