The Occidentalist Response to Modern Western Scholarship

in Jews, Christians, and the Abode of Islam

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780226471075
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226471099 | DOI:
The Occidentalist Response to Modern Western Scholarship

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This chapter addresses the response to the idea of occidentalist to modern Western scholarship. Not all critics of orientalists were situated in the Islamic world. A. L. Tibawi could argue that the Western world receives its primary education about Islam in the public sphere. Orientalism has retained its iconic status as the quintessential anti-orientalist tract. Rashid Rida's attitude toward Western scholarship on Islam was marked by ambivalence and then antagonism. Jewish and Christian writers treated the word of God in the Qur'an as they treated the word of God in the Bible. Mohamed Talbi embraced Rahman's notion of a timeless ethico-legal content embedded in the text of the Qur'an. Ramadan's reading of Muhammad's relations with his enemies and the ummah's subsequent dealings with the empires beyond Arabia may strike scholars trained in the orientalist tradition as completely ahistorical.

Keywords: occidentalist; modern Western scholarship; orientalists; A. L. Tibawi; Orientalism; Rashid Rida; Islam; Mohamed Talbi; Muhammad; Qur'an

Chapter.  19025 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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