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Terrorism, orientalism and imperialism

Morton, Stephen (2007) Terrorism, orientalism and imperialism Wasafiri, 22, (2), pp. 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.

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Published date: July 2007
Keywords: war on terrorism, orientalism, Edward Said, imperialism, postcolonial theory


Local EPrints ID: 66090
ISSN: 0269-0055
PURE UUID: f4b801d6-a109-4122-9dd2-a96c46f084b3

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Date deposited: 28 Apr 2009
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 00:28

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