Postcolonial Theory and the Arab–Israeli Conflict

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Postcolonial Theory and the Arab–Israeli Conflict is a 2008 book edited by Philip Carl Salzman and Donna Robinson Divine and published by Routledge Press. The book is based on the proceedings of a conference on "Postcolonial Theory and the Middle East" held at Case Western Reserve University in 2005.[1] The essays were first published in a special issue of the journal Israel Affairs.[2]


The book contains the following essays:

  • Irfan Khawaja, “Essentialism, Consistency, and Islam: A Critique of Edward Said’s Orientalism”
  • Ronald Niezen, “Postcolonialism and the Utopian Imagination”
  • Ed Morgan, “Orientalism and the Foreign Sovereign: Today I am a Man of Law”
  • Laurie Zoloth, “Mistaken-ness and the Nature of the ‘Post”: The Ethics and the Inevitability of Error in theoretical Work”
  • Herbert Lewis, “The Influence of Edward Said and Orientalism on Anthropology, or: Can the Anthropologist Speak?”
  • Gerald M. Steinberg, “Postcolonial theory and the Ideology of Peace Studies”
  • Efraim Karsh, “The Missing Piece: Islamic Imperialism”
  • David Cook, “The Muslim Man’s Burden: Muslim Intellectuals Confront their Imperialist Past”
  • Andrew Bostom, “Negating the Legacy of Jihad in Palestine”
  • Philip Carl Salzman, “Arab Culture and Postcolonial Theory”
  • Richard Landes, “Edward Said and the Culture of Honour and Shame: Orientalism and our Misperceptions of the Arab–Israeli Conflict”
  • Gideon Shimoni, “Postcolonial Theory and the History of Zionism”
  • S. Ilan Troen, “De-Judaising the Homeland: Academic Politics in Re-Writing the History of Palestine”
  • Donna Robinson Divine, “The Middle East Conflict and its Postcolonial Discontents”
  • Irwin J. Mansdorf, “The Political Psychology of Postcolonial Ideology in the Arab World: an analysis of ‘Occupation’ and the ‘Right of Return’”