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The birth of orientalism, Urs App

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The birth of orientalism
Title
The birth of orientalism
Statement of responsibility
Urs App
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Modern Orientalism is not a brainchild of nineteenth-century European imperialists and colonialists, but, as Urs App demonstrates, was born in the eighteenth century after a very long gestation period defined less by economic or political motives than by religious ideology. Based on sources from a dozen languages, many unavailable in English, The Birth of Orientalism presents a completely new picture of this protracted genesis, its underlying dynamics, and the Western discovery of Asian religions from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. App documents the immense influence of Japan and China and describes how the Near Eastern cradle of civilization moved toward mother India. Moreover, he shows that some of India's purportedly oldest texts were products of eighteenth-century European authors. Though Western engagement with non-Abrahamic Asian religions reaches back to antiquity and can without exaggeration be called the largest-scale religiocultural encounter in history, it has so far received surprisingly little attention--which is why some of its major features and their role in the birth of modern Orientalism are described here for the first time. The study of Asian documents had a profound impact on Europe's intellectual makeup. Suddenly the Bible had much older competitors from China and India, Sanskrit threatened to replace Hebrew as the world's oldest language, and Judeo-Christianity appeared as a local phenomenon on a dramatically expanded, worldwide canvas of religions and mythologies. Orientalists were called upon as arbiters in a clash that involved neither gold and spices nor colonialism and imperialism but, rather, such fundamental questions as where we come from and who we are: questions of identity that demanded new answers as biblical authority dramatically waned"--Publisher description
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Cataloging source
DLC
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1949-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
App, Urs
Dewey number
294
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Encounters with Asia
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Orientalism
  • Religions
  • Asia
  • Europe
Label
The birth of orientalism, Urs App
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
  • Volney's revolutions
  • Introduction
  • Voltaire's Veda
  • Ziegenbalg's and La Croze's discoveries
  • Diderot's Buddhist Brahmins
  • De Guignes's Chinese Vedas
  • Ramsay's Ur-tradition
  • Holwell's religion of paradise
  • Anquetil-Duperron's search for the true Vedas
Control code
FIEb1707406x
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 550 pages
Isbn
9780812242614
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)527702679
Label
The birth of orientalism, Urs App
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
  • Volney's revolutions
  • Introduction
  • Voltaire's Veda
  • Ziegenbalg's and La Croze's discoveries
  • Diderot's Buddhist Brahmins
  • De Guignes's Chinese Vedas
  • Ramsay's Ur-tradition
  • Holwell's religion of paradise
  • Anquetil-Duperron's search for the true Vedas
Control code
FIEb1707406x
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 550 pages
Isbn
9780812242614
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)527702679

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