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By M. Shahid Alam

over the last few a long time, a brand new kind of Orientalism has been constructing. As exemplified via Elie Kedourie and Bernard Lewis, it issues to Islam because the West's archenemy. the increase of political Islam and its competition to Western domination of the Islamic international are noticeable as proof of a deep, abiding hatred of all issues Western. therefore, the hot Orientalists demand thorough reforms, between them regime adjustments, wars, and the imposition of 'democracy' on Islamic societies. They warn that if the West shrinks from this problem, the Islamists would definitely achieve energy and wreck the West. The essays during this booklet 'written after Sept. 11' dispute the recent Orientalist presumption of an unchanging Islam, against "Western" values and incapable of adapting to the fashionable global. The not-so-hidden target of the hot Orientalism is to advertise reputation of the USA and Israel's imperialist push into the Islamic international as either a safety crucial and a civilizing challenge. Alam argues that the hot Orientalist's declare of a express break up among Islam and the West relies on a biased, erroneous interpretation of heritage. whereas spotting the political and fiscal failings of the Islamic global, Alam indicates that they're legacies of 2 centuries of Western imperialism and are shared through all areas on the outer edge of the present international capitalism. If the Islamic global lags in the back of China and India, it's because of 2 components that experience given a brand new part to Western involvement in West Asia and North Africa: oil and Zionism. In Alam's view, Israel is a robust destabilizing strength within the area, whose survival relies on turning the Western-Islamic clash right into a scorching struggle. no longer unusually, a few of the new Orientalists are robust partisans of Israel.

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