Thursday, November 16, 2006

Robert Irwin

Robert Irwin's The Arabian Nightmare is an old favorite, a modern classic of horror/fantasy, written by a medievalist. A short review can be found at

Presented by Washington Post book Michael Dirda columnist as an answer/rebuttal to Edward Said's Orientalism, Irwin has just published Dangerous Knowledge: Orientalism and Its Discontents. It looks to be a nice meaty (409 pp.) history of Western perceptions of the Middle East. I look forward to reading it.

Dirda's review can be found at:


  1. Anonymous4:42 AM


    you might also be interested in Mike Jay's review of robert Irwin's For lust of knowing: The Orientalists and their Enemies at

  2. This is apparently the original British edition of this book. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.


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