Terrorism, orientalism and imperialism

Morton, Stephen (2007) Terrorism, orientalism and imperialism. Wasafiri, 22, (2), 36-42. (doi:10.1080/02690050701336774).


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This essay argues that there are striking parallels between what Edward Said called orientalism and the dominant discourse of counter-terrorism underpinning the war on terrorism. Beginning with a discussion of the contribution that postcolonial thinkers such as Edward Said, Achille Mbembe, Paul Gilroy and Gayatri Spivak have made to understanding the imperialist determinants of the discourse of terrorism, the essay proceeds to examine how the orientalist stereotype of the anti-colonial insurgent is interrogated in Sahar Khalifeh's novel Wild Thorns and Yasmina Khadra's novel The Attack.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0269-0055 (print)
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Keywords: war on terrorism, orientalism, Edward Said, imperialism, postcolonial theory
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > English
ePrint ID: 66090
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2009
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2015 02:53
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/66090

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