Orientalism as Typology, or How to Disavow the Modern Abyss
The Introduction shows, in general terms, how the modern West finds itself lacking absolute foundations and tries to fill in this void with the fetish of the Oriental origin. It explains further the Christian (Pauline) supersessionist model of Jewish-Christian relations and sketches the way in which, in general, this model was applied by nineteenth century historicist Orientalism to the understanding of Oriental-Occidental relations in order to construct (and justify) the Western appropriation of the Eastern origin. The Introduction discusses also the importance of Spinoza since the late eighteenth century as a figure for Oriental pantheism qua modern rationality. Finally, it sketches the book’s subsequent trajectory, and closes by indicating the limits of Edward Said’s historicism.
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