Discussion About Islam

 Discussion Board Questions. 25 points. Respond to the posted question and then politely respond to 1 classmate. All posts should be at least 200 words. Responses to classmates should be 75-100 words. Online posts may not be completed late, as this is the equivalent to attendance in class.

Question:

Edward Said believed that  “Anyone who teaches, writes about, or researches the Orient…is an Orientalist, and what he or she does is Orientalism…Orientalism lives on through (its) doctrines and theses about the Orient and the Oriental.” (Pg. 2)

And…

“The relationship between the Occident (west) and the Orient is a relationship of power, of domination…”

Considering the art and architecture viewed in the assigned readingand also that Islamic art can be considered to be a late 19th– 20th-century construction — can the West ever view Islamic art and culture without a lens of cultural hegemony?  

Have you noticed a sense of “us” and “them” in conversations, books, and articles about art? Is Edward Said correct when he states that we will always practice Orientalism?

(Hegemony – leadership or dominance by one country over another)

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