The "good orientalists"

Lena Salaymeh*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter argues that some scholars portray Ignac Goldziher as a "good Orientalist." Contesting the assumptions behind the distinction between "good" and "bad" orientalists, the chapter shows that Goldziher's scholarly methods relied on Orientalist bias. Such bias is the result of blindly repeating and imposing Eurocentric methods, including the blurring of Jewish and Islamic traditions into a single "Semitic" or "religious" tradition.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWesternness
Subtitle of host publicationCritical Reflections on the Spatio-temporal Construction of the West
Publisherde Gruyter
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9783110728422
ISBN (Print)9783110728415
StatePublished - 3 Oct 2022
Externally publishedYes


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