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Orientalism

Halloween: The Season for Culturally-Insensitive Fashion

Nadia Dawisha | Posted 11.04.2014 | Impact
Nadia Dawisha

Halloween: the season of candy corn, pumpkins and culturally-insensitive costumes. Over the last few years, images of these costumes have spread through social media, sparking heated debates about cultural appropriation and how seemingly innocuous "fashion statements" can indeed hurt.

The Bitter Tea of General Yen Inaugurates Stanwyck Retrospective at Film Forum

Francis Levy | Posted 02.08.2014 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

Is all romance a Shavian phenomenon? It's interesting that Shaw never consummated his marriage since he seems to know so much about the mysterious co...

How We View The Middle East, From YouTube Clips To 19th Century Orientalist Paintings

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.21.2013 | Arts

How do westerners view the Middle East? Iranian-born artist and filmmaker Shoja Azari explores the complexity of the question in his exhibition "Fake ...

Verdi's Egypt

Mena Mark Hanna | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Mena Mark Hanna

Today, Egypt is troubled. As my country becomes more politically polarized, sectarian violence continues to rock its society.

The Wolverines' Burden: Orientalism and the Superhero

Susan J. Napier | Posted 10.20.2013 | Arts
Susan J. Napier

In a sense the movie is trying to solve a problem -- the destabilization of American masculine identity, a destabilization that was signaled by 9/11 and the Middle East mire but is also deeply tied to the rise of the Asian economies.

Reza Aslan: Speaking Truth to Power

Rachel Newcomb | Posted 09.29.2013 | Media
Rachel Newcomb

Let's leave aside for a moment the fact that Fox News does not have a history of questioning Christian scholars on their own bias in studying other faiths. What interests me is how our culture decides who gets to discuss and write about the Other.

Food Truck Operation Denies Racism Charge (UPDATED)

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 05.23.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The letter starts "Dear Idiots." That's the friendliest part. On Friday, disgruntled D.C. area resident Drew Franklin, posted an "Ope...

Historicizing 9/11

Jim Downs | Posted 07.02.2012 | College
Jim Downs

In the course, aptly titled, "Historicizing 9/11," students at Connecticut College, a small liberal arts college in New London, have put forth their own history of 9/11 by making a documentary based on oral histories that they conducted of New London residents.

The U.S. and Iran Are Talking. Why Is the New York Times Peddling Iran Islamophobia?

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.19.2012 | Media
Robert Naiman

Last Saturday -- the same day the United States and Iran were having "constructive and useful" discussions on Iran's nuclear program in Istanbul -- the New York Times published a piece titled, "Seeking Nuclear Insight in Fog of the Ayatollah's Utterances."

Review: Rimbaud in Java, The Lost Voyage

Jan McGirk | Posted 11.29.2011 | Books
Jan McGirk

Equal parts lit crit, biography, linguistic anthropology and social history, Rimbaud in Java: The Lost Voyage examines the remaining mysteries about Arthur Rimbaud as a fugitive from justice.

The Orientalist Narrative Distorting the Egyptian Struggle for Freedom

Abdulrahman El-Sayed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Abdulrahman El-Sayed

Just as my well-meaning acquaintances pigeonhole me, orientalists attempt to fit the history and politics of Muslims or Arabs into a greater arc that is dominated by cultural or religious stereotypes.

The Dark Side of Beauty: The Mosque As "Terror Cell"

G. Roger Denson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

The relationships of cultures are not so very different from the relationships of individuals.

Part 5: Colonizing the Mosque (Slideshow)

G. Roger Denson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

With mosques functioning as the local centers of Islamic faith and the object of renewed Western suspicion, it is undeniable that mosques also help keep alive the memory of the divide of civilizations that once rent the world irreparably in two.

The Beauty We Fear Part 4: From Mark Twain to Malcom X (Slideshow)

G. Roger Denson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
G. Roger Denson

Even when Americans began to travel to Muslim lands, from the start they displayed a more diverse response to Islam and its mosques, which over the course of a century graduated from the crude to the reverent.

The Beauty We Fear Part 3: The Mosques of Secular Muslim Writers (Slideshow)

G. Roger Denson | Posted 04.10.2013 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

Compared to the European writers discovering the great mosques of Islam for the first time, the mention of mosques is more muted and void of romance to the Muslim secularists inured to them from birth.

The Beauty We Fear Part 2: The Great Mosques of European Novelists and Poets (Slideshow)

G. Roger Denson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

2010-10-25-jdfdf.jpgBy the end of the 19th century, mosques became lyrical, escapist, and hallucinogenic motifs for writers who had never even set sight on them.

The Beauty We Fear: The Great Mosques of the World As Seen Through the Eyes of the World's Great Writers

G. Roger Denson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
G. Roger Denson

2010-10-19-Screenshot20101019at9.17.42AM.pngFor the last three centuries, it's been an aesthetic and cultural conversion that keeps the secular minds of the West returning to the sacred architecture of Islam.

VOICES THIS WEEK: Jimmy Demers, Dorothy Spears, Kim Alexandriuk, Cat Weaver

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

WAITING FOR SUPERMAN by Jimmy Demers "I recently saw a screening of the documentary "Waiting for Superman" and felt compelled to share a few words o...

Orientalism for the Modern World

Kim Alexandriuk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Kim Alexandriuk

No need to go overseas for a European experience, an evening at the Getty will do. Being elevated above the city immediately puts you in a "dream like" state of mind.

The Trouble With Travel Writing

Zachary Stockill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Zachary Stockill

The more of the world one experiences the more it is made abundantly clear that no matter where one travels, the human experience is one of remarkable uniformity.

Humanity Missing From Afghanistan Debate

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Mull

Respect for Afghans is sorely lacking on all sides of the Afghanistan debate. It's 2010, nine years into the war, and we're still talking about Afghanistan in orientalist terms. We don't want to think about them as human. This has to change now.

Guest Blogger Adel Iskandar -- Roots of Profiling: Remembering Edward Said's Critique

Nadine Wahab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nadine Wahab

The word "Racial profiling" used to elicit strong negative impressions as it connotes selective prejudicial treatment based on external characteristic...

Hello My Concubine (So-Called Trends)

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Disgrasian

I began to wonder what the difference was between a concubine and a mistress. Was it only semantics? Or was there some kind of legal difference?

Speaking Truth to Power: The Mythology of Imperialism

Rick Ayers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rick Ayers

When I decided to teach Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness at Berkeley High School, it had been out of favor as an appropriate text because it was considered too controversial.

Marie Claire's Asian "Trophy Wives": We're Not Only Fetish Objects, We're Brain-Dead, Too

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Disgrasian

The complications of sexual politics notwithstanding, fetishists are easy to spot. They come at you with their prayer-bead bracelets and their suspiciously in-depth knowledge of your "culture."