Orientalism and Ottoman Modernisation in the Discourse of Postmodernism

  • Prof. Roida Rzayeva Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences


If Orientalism is the critique of modernity, it can be rather considered in a postmodern discourse. New phenomena of global politics, changing moods of mind and cultural discourses again make Orientalism a topical subject. The East has always meant contrast for the West. Yet has it always meant the same? One should particularly note herein a philosophic approach to the problem is necessary instead of the usual and conventional political one, which mostly expresses a unilateral traditional characteristic of Orientalism and interprets it accordingly. There is an opinion Orientalism makes up a paradigm to study non-European histories and cultures using approaches coming after structuralism and postmodernism. As modernized, the East meets/clashes the West while there is no such an opposition in postmodernism, but is co-existence, which echoes the opposition characteristics of Orientalism, unlike the traditional one. At the same time, when analyzing orientalists' works, we often see not a unilateral, but a synthesized approach e.g in those by Turkish one, Hamdi. In any case, many panels by orientalist artists represent combinations which follow a well-known postmodernist motto, both that and the other, unlike the modern world's modernist logic, either that or this.
Mar 30, 2019
How to Cite
RZAYEVA, Prof. Roida. Orientalism and Ottoman Modernisation in the Discourse of Postmodernism. European Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 1, p. 74-79, mar. 2019. ISSN 2414-8385. Available at: <http://journals.euser.org/index.php/ejms/article/view/4350>. Date accessed: 14 july 2020. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.26417/ejms-2019.v4i1-530.