Sophia Rose Arjana, Muslims in the Western Imagination

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Mohammad Hossain


Edward Said, with his magnum opus Orientalism (1978), paved the way for the scholarly critique of the cultural representation of the East (or the Orient) by Western scholars. Though facing heavy criticism for his work, his ideas strongly influenced an upcoming generation of scholars, spawning a whole new branch of literature in the process. The book Muslims in the Western Imagination by Sophia Rose Arjana, published in 2015 by Oxford University Press, is the latest in a long line of such endeavours. A well researched academic initiative, the book is well sourced with notes and an extensive bibliography; about one third of this 280-page book consists of copious endnotes and references.

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