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Document Type(s):Book
Book Title:Oriental Enlightenment
Author(s):Clarke, John James
Publisher Name:Routledge
Place of Publication:London
Date of Publication:1997
Annotation:Using “intellectual history” as an area of study, Clark examines the phenomena and discourse of Orientalism as it has played out in the West from the Enlightenment to the present day. Depicting Orientalism as a two-sided encounter with both positive and negative aspects, he emphasizes the degree to which the East has influenced the West culturally and intellectually and concludes by linking contemporary forms of Orientalism with postmodernism. Calling for a new interpretation of Orientalism that recognizes its potential for genuine exchange and mutual growth, he points to current interest in Eastern thought on the part of Western environmentalists as evidence of that potential.
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