Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies

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Hace un cuarto de siglo, Orientalismo, el libro de Edward Said, identific con nitidez las fantasas denigrantes de Oriente que existan en la mentalidad colonial, con lo cual prendi la chispa de un debate que an prosigue. Ahora bien: Y qu hay de los muchos modos en que Occidente es visto a ojos de quienes se proclaman sus enemigos? Esas percepciones no han tenido un examen detenido hasta la fecha. Occidentalismo es una investigacin pionera sobre los estereotipos hostiles del mundo occidental que alimentan el odio situado en el fondo de movimientos tales como Al Qaeda. Buruma y Margalit sostienen que aun cuando el virus anti-occidental ha encontrado un husped bien dispuesto en determinadas partes del mundo islmico, y que tiene en realidad sus orgenes en el propio Occidente. Occidentalismo demuestra que los jvenes yihaides persiguen los mismos ideales (revolucin heroica, ilustracin espiritual, autenticidad moral) que han caracterizado la rebelin en el mundo entero a lo largo de los siglos. Al recorrer la historia del pensamiento revolucionario, desde la Contrarreforma en Europa y las diversas variedades del fascismo en Oriente y Occidente, pasando por el actual extremismo anti-capitalista y religioso, este libro viene a demostrar que los terroristas suicidas de hoy y los partidarios de la guerra santa no padecen una patologa nica, sino que hallan su combustible y su motor en ideas que tienen una historia propia.

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'Occidentalism' is an investigation into the hostile stereotypes of the Western world that fuels the hatred at the heart of movements such as Al Qaeda. A work of extraordinary range and erudition, it enlarges significantly our understanding of the world in which we live.

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