Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies [Ian Buruma, Avishai Margalit ] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Twenty-five years ago. In this grandly illuminating study of two centuries of anti-Western ideas, Buruma and Margalit contend that the hostility of Islamic jihadists toward the United. Occidentalism refers to and identifies representations of the Western world (the Occident) in two In Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of its Enemies (), Buruma and Margalit said that nationalist and nativist resistance to the West.

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When countries do not have a religion to rely on they usually use philosophy or literature to govern themselves. Apr 08, Thomas Hearin rated it it was amazing.

Just as the main enemies occifentalism Russian Slavophiles were Russian Westernizers, the most immediate targets of Islamists are the liberals, reformists, and secular rulers in their own societies. Napoleon was a universalist who believed in a common civil code for all his conquered subjects. It’s short and has a natural flow to the text. There was much talk about unhealthy specialization in knowledge, which had fragmented the occidwntalism of Oriental spiritual culture.

Jun 20, Hadrian rated it liked it Shelves: Definitely worth a read.

Ian Buruma, The Origins of Occidentalism

Occidentalism – is nothing but a product of the West’s or, more precisely, European influence and ideas. Ocidentalism else they are, al Qaeda and its ilk are revolutionary anti-Western political movements, and Buruma and Margalit show us that the bogeyman of the West who ocidentalism their thinking is the same one who has haunted the thoughts of many other revolutionary groups, going back to the early nineteenth century.


Exclusivity, whether racial, religious, or nationalist, is never good for minorities. Second, it mainly characterizes ironically how counter western movements largely have come form ideas in the west.

But overall, this is an interesting book. It is indeed his duty to do so.


It’s not like the anti-capitalist or anti-urban or pro-warrior mindsets haven’t been noticed before, and tying them together in this context is interesting but didn’t seem horribly profound. Indeed, the book spends most of As the sub-title says, the point is to describe the “West in the Eyes of Its Enemies”: As intractable conflicts all over the globe attest, meeting hate and violence with more hate and violence yields two things and only two things, more hate and violence.

No longer do new mothers necessarily learn from their own mothers how to raise their babies. Societies where traditional views were still burkma, eventually gave into the ideas of the west.

As a Taliban fighter once put it during the war in Afghanistan, the Americans would never win, because they love Pepsi-Cola, whereas the holy warriors love death. And they had some sort of rant or cheer they said before killing themselves.

But to argue that the main roots of anti-western attitudes lie in the west is to belittle and underestimate the histories, traditions and cultures of non-western societies. Intertwining the historical and current manifestations of the enlightenment, capitalism, and the individual, this is placed against the historical counter movements to what it is now This iccidentalism was reflected as well in the Romantic movement arising as it did, as a counterpoint to the European enlightenment which emphasized individualism, materialism, mercantilism and technology.


The city-dweller, in contrast, tends to be more secular, perhaps areligious, lacking in family or community ties and has lost all connections to the ‘soil’.

The book is well written. The idea that simple awareness of bad things does anything to obviate them is a neoliberal fantasy augmented by the ease of social media self-expression. There are parts of the book with which I’m in deep disagreement with. United States, Israel and historically, Jews in general but is not limited to only that.

Review: Occidentalism by Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit | Books | The Guardian

The s A short and quick read, this book is an important piece in not only its appraisal of the so called clashing worldviews of the west and east, by painting the perspective of the east, but in its closing as it correctly predicts how this will play out in future events.

On the other hand, it is a slender book with an interesting idea it presents clearly, instead of padding it out to pages with repetitive examples. Although interesting points and connections are made, the themes are so broad as to make the book impressionistic and polemical rather than analytical and persuasive. Interestingly, Buruma and Margalit find some of the roots of Occidentalism in the West itself.

The main strands are: I’ll definitely use this work in my studies. Precisely the same terms had been used by others, in other places, at other times.

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