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Orientalism and Islamic philosophy

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-H014-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Orientalism is the concept that there is something very special and different about the thought of those living in the East, which can be discovered through the methods of scholarship current in the West. It is a reflection of the relationship of imperial and intellectual domination of a West which feels it is superior to an ‘inferior’ East. This often results in an understanding of Islamic philosophy which sees the latter as essentially unoriginal, derivative and of only historical interest. While orientalists have produced interesting and important work, most fail to appreciate the independent status of the material which they analyse.

Citing this article:
Nooruddin, Ubai. Orientalism and Islamic philosophy, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-H014-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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