German Orientalism in the Age of Empire: Religion, Race, and Scholarship Suzanne L. Marchand

ISBN: 9780521169073

Published: August 31st 2010

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526 pages


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German Orientalism in the Age of Empire: Religion, Race, and Scholarship  by  Suzanne L. Marchand

German Orientalism in the Age of Empire: Religion, Race, and Scholarship by Suzanne L. Marchand
August 31st 2010 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 526 pages | ISBN: 9780521169073 | 4.35 Mb

Nineteenth-century studies of the Orient changed European ideas and cultural institutions in more ways than we usually recognize. Orientalism certainly contributed to European empire-building, but it also helped to destroy a narrowMoreNineteenth-century studies of the Orient changed European ideas and cultural institutions in more ways than we usually recognize.

Orientalism certainly contributed to European empire-building, but it also helped to destroy a narrow Christian-classical canon. This carefully researched book provides the first synthetic and contextualized study of German Orientalistik, a subject of special interest because German scholars were the pace-setters in oriental studies between about 1830 and 1930, despite entering the colonial race late and exiting it early. The book suggests that we must take seriously German orientalism s origins in Renaissance philology and early modern biblical exegesis and appreciate its modern development in the context of nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century debates about religion and the Bible, classical schooling, and Germanic origins.

In ranging across the subdisciplines of Orientalistik, German Orientalism in the Age of Empire introduces readers to a host of iconoclastic characters and forgotten debates, seeking to demonstrate both the richness of this intriguing field and its indebtedness to the cultural world in which it evolved.



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