Scholars for Peace in the Middle East is pleased to announce that the proceedings of the SPME/Case Western Reserve University Conference on “Postcolonial Theory and the Middle East” will be released as a volume entitled ” Postcolonial Theory and The Arab-Israeli Conflict” on October 30, 2007.
The book is edited by Philip Carl Salzman, Department of Anthropology, McGill University and Donna Robinson Divine, Morningstar Family Professor of Government, Smith College. Contributors include: Irfan Khawaja, Ronald Niezen, Ed Morgan, Laurie Zoloth, Herbert Lewis, Gerald Steinberg, Efraim Karsh, David Cook, Andrew Bostom, Richard Landes, Gideon Shimoni, Ilan Troen, Irwin Mansdorf, Divine and Salzman. Paper titles are listed below.
It is now available for pre-ordering through SPME Mart at: http://www.spme.net/cgi-bin/spmemart/shop.cgi?Operation=ItemLookup&ItemId=0415443253&locale=us . It is quite possible that the price of the book may be dropped before the release of the book and you will not be billed for the lesser amount.
Contributors of $1000.00 or more to SPME are also entitled to a free copy. Please go to www.spme.net/donation.html
About the Title
Postcolonial theory is one of the main frameworks for thinking about the world and acting to change the world. Arising in academia and reshaping humanities and social sciences disciplines, postcolonial theory argues that our ideas about foreigners, ‘the other,’ particularly our negative ideas about them, are determined not by a true will to understand, but rather by our desire to conquer, dominate, and exploit them. According to postcolonial theory, the cause of poverty, tyranny, and misery in the world, and of failed societies around the world, is Euro-American imperialism and colonialism.
Previously published as a special issue of Israel Affairs, this work examines and challenges postcolonial theory. In scholarly, research-based papers, the specialist authors examine various facets of postcolonial theory and application. First, the theoretical assumption and formulations of postcolonial theory are scrutinized and found dubious. Second, the deleterious impact on academic disciplines of postcolonial theory is demonstrated. Third, the distorted postcolonial view of history, its obsession with current events to the exclusion of the historical basis of events, is exposed and corrected. Fourth, an examination of Middle Eastern culture challenges the assumption that these societies have been shaped entirely, and victimized, by Western intrusion. Finally, exploring the Arab-Israel conflict, the one-sided case of postcolonial Arabism is explored and found to be faulty.
Postcolonial Theory and the Arab-Israel Conflict
Philip Carl Salzman and Donna Robinson Divine, editors
Donna Robinson Divine
“Essentialism, Consistency, and Islam: A Critique of Edward Said’s
“Postcolonialism and the Utopian Imagination”
“Orientalism and the Foreign Sovereign: Today I am a Man of Law”
“Mistaken-ness and the Nature of the ‘Post”: The Ethics and the
Inevitability of Error in theoretical Work”
“The Influence of Edward Said and Orientalism on Anthropology, or: Can the
“Postcolonial theory and the Ideology of Peace Studies”
“The Missing Piece: Islamic Imperialism”
“The Muslim Man’s Burden: Muslim Intellectuals Confront their Imperialist
“Negating the Legacy of Jihad in Palestine”
Philip Carl Salzman
“Arab Culture and Postcolonial Theory”
“Edward Said and the Culture of Honour and Shame: Orientalism and our
Misperceptions of the Arab-Israeli Conflict”
“Postcolonial Theory and the History of Zionism”
S. Ilan Troen
“De-Judaising the Homeland: Academic Politics in Re-Writing the History of
Donna Robinson Divine
“The Middle East Conflict and its Postcolonial Discontents”
“The Political Psychology of Postcolonial Ideology in the Arab World: an
analysis of ‘Occupation’ and the ‘Right of Return’”