How does “Orientalism” as a system of preconceived ideas about “the Orient” shape the relation between material reality and our accepted “truths”?

Posted: March 22nd, 2022

Assignment – Orientialism and imaginative geographies Name _____________________________________ Edward Said’s Orientalism is a challenging and important work that helps us understand how our knowledge of different regions – what he calls “imaginative geographies” – reflects cultural and political dispositions rather than a purely objective account of reality. This exercise will help introduce you to some important themes developed in his work. 1. Said develops his ideas about “imaginativegeographies” through making a distinction between two kinds of knowledge, positive knowledge and imaginary knowledge (53-55). What is the difference between these two types of knowledge? 2. Said argues that “Orientalism” defuses the threat that absolute difference – in this case, Islam – posed to European belief systems (esp. 58-61). Elaborate on this: how can creating knowledge about something unknown make something less threatening? 3. Said makes a provocative argument about the relation between what we take as “truth” and material reality (p. 66-67). How does “Orientalism” as a system of preconceived ideas about “the Orient” shape the relation between material reality and our accepted “truths”? 4. What, in your view, are the implications of Said’s work for learning about different regions of the world? How, if at all, does this affect what we should study if we want to learn about these places? 5. What are your reflexive comments/feedback/questions about this week’s material (readings and lecture)?

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