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Contending Visions of the Middle East
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  • 6 maps
  • Page extent: 330 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.445 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521629379 | ISBN-10: 0521629373)

  • There was also a Hardback of this title but it is no longer available | Adobe eBook
  • Published August 2004

Replaced by 9780521133074


Zachary Lockman's book offers a broad survey of the development of Western knowledge about Islam and the Middle East. Beginning with ancient Greek and Roman conceptions of the world, Lockman goes on to discuss European ideas about Islam from its emergence in the seventh century, with particular attention to the age of European imperialism, the era of deepening American involvement in this region, and the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Along the way, he explores how scholars and others in the West have studied and depicted Islam and the Middle East, focusing on the politics and controversies that have shaped Middle East studies in the United States over the past half century, including the debates over Said's influential critique, Orientalism. His book relates many of today's critical issues, including Muslim extremism, terrorism and United States policy in the Middle East, to their broader historical and political contexts. Zachary Lockman is Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and History at New York University and a member of the American Historical Association. He has been a Guggenheim fellow and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars fellow. His work includes Comrades and Enemies (University of California Press, 1996), Workers and Working Classes in the Middle East, ed. (SUNY Press, 1993) and Workers on the Nile (Princeton, 1987).


List of maps; Acknowledgements; Maps; Introduction; 1. In the beginning; 2. Islam, the West and the rest; 3. Orientalism and empire; 4. The American century; 5. Turmoil in the field; 6. Said's Orientalism: a book and its aftermath; 7. After Orientalism?; Afterword; Notes; Bibliography; Index.


"Lockman's book will be widely read. There can be no doubt that the subject is an important one, not just to those in the field of Middle East Studies, but to the academic community and to a segment of the general public as well. As the book argues, a knowledge of the history of Middle East Studies is vital in assessing arguments put forward by academics, pundits and politicians."
Edmund Burke III, Department of History, University of California, Santa Cruz

"...a well crafted piece of historical synthesis, based on a wide array of secondary sources."
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