For Lust of Knowing : The Orientalists and Their Enemies, Paperback Book

For Lust of Knowing : The Orientalists and Their Enemies Paperback

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Robert Irwin's history of Orientalism leads from Ancient Greece to the present.

He 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, scholars have been unified not by politics or 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Historiography
  • ISBN: 9780140289237

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Interesting research and interesting writing but a little bit defensive against the definition or Orientalism by Edward SAID and a little bit nostalgic about 'the time of his father' Ch8 'the all too brief heyday of Orientalism' and Ch9 'an enquiry into the Nature of Certain Twentieth-century polemic' almost tell the story

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