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Orientalism
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1. Theory

1.1. Introduction

Starting with the 1978 study by the Palestinian-American literary scientist Edward Said [27] and its rapid reception in the early 1980s, the term “Orientalism” has become nothing short of a vogue expression, at the core of a frequent approach to research. Since this time, the term has remained as ambiguous as it has always been in the history of its European usage, from its first appearances in dictionaries (French orientalism[3]; [6]) at the turn of the 19th century. It…

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König, Hans-Joachim, Stuckrad, Kocku von, Kepetzis, Ekaterini and Greilich, Susanne, “Orientalism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 28 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025077>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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