Orientalists Islamists and the Global Public Sphere is an academic work of merit, a genealogical exploration that is detailed and well-informed, that re-tells the story of the emergence of the ‘essentialist image of Islam’ with great competence.
The Muslim World Book Review, 33:1, 2012
Orientalists Islamists and the Global Public Sphere is the definitive modern work on the history and pitfalls of Orientalism – both old and new.
Bryan S.Turner, Presidential Professor of Sociology, The Graduate Center, CUNY
If Jung’s project were just to revamp Orientalism in light of the criticism it has sustained, it would not warrant a book-length treatment. However, he views Orientalism not as the definitive word on the subject – to be accepted or rejected – but as the start of a long conversation to be continued by critics. Jung’s contribution is an attempt to show the development of this image, not as a unidirectional force imposed on Muslims by orientalist scholars in the West, but rather as a dialectical development to which Muslims and non-Muslims alike contributed.
Journal of History and Cultures, February 2013
Modern Western scholars claim that there are many “Islams”. But Western public opinion and many Islamist thinkers believe that there is only one all-encompassing Islam. This belief has had, and has, fateful consequences for both Muslims and the West. Jung’s book traces the emergence of this understanding in the interactions between Islamic thinkers and Orientalists in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It is a contribution to the intellectual history of the globalizing world of the first importance.
Prof Francis Robinson CBE, Sultan of Oman Fellow, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Professor of the History of South Asia, Royal Holloway University of London
the character of Islamic studies has been in question ever since the publication of Edward Said’s Orientalism in 1978. This astonishing book, brilliant, knowledgeable and elegant, goes beyond heated polemics by means of sophisticated use of social theory so as to present a complete, balanced and convincing account of the formation of contemporary understandings of the Islamic world. Jung is at his most brilliant in showing the cognitive interactions between Muslim scholars and occidental scholars of Muslim society, allowing him to cast light on a vast range of figures, from Goldziher, Robertson Smith, Durkheim and Renan to Abduh, Iqbal, Ziya Gökalp and Islamist thinkers like Mawdudi and Said Qutb.
John Hall, James McGill Professor of Comparative Historical Sociology, McGill University, Montreal
Orientalists, Islamists and the Global Public Sphere is an insightful, compelling, and thorough new account of the history of Islamic studies, east and west, that is must reading for social theorists and intellectual historians interested in Islam.
Richard C. Martin, Professor of Islamic Studies and History of Religions, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
A new and challenging assessment that forms a welcome addition not only to the literature on Islam, politics and modernity, but also to the body of theoretical work on problems of knowledge and power.
Orientalists, Islamists, and the Global Public Sphere is a rich and revelatory study. It breathes new life into a familiar, almost tired, debate about Edward Said and orientalism.
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