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Orientalism as a Sign of Provincialism

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This article deals with various responses to the phenomenon of Orientalism. Since the publication of Edward Said s book Orientalism, there has been an ongoing discussion about the influence of Orientalism on contemporary social sciences in the East. In the West, Orientalism was an original theory, but in the East its acceptance was tantamount to an assimilation of foreign point of view on social reality. I argue that it is a symptom of provincialism among scientists from the East. Even though most of them tried to overcome Orientalism, they used the same categories and methodology. In this sense they repeated its mistakes and misunderstandings. This article analyzes different attempts of overcoming Orientalism and shows why they are provincial.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2012

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