UTM: Abu al-Faza'il Gulpaygani: An Ante Litteram Critic of Orientalism Sept 29

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Prandium: Historical Studies UTM Lunchtime Seminar Series
Sep 29, 12 - 2 pm
The UTM Department of Historical Studies and the Historical Studies Society cordially invite you to the launch of ‘Prandium: A Historical Studies UTM Lunchtime Seminar Series’ on Wednesday, 29 September, 12:00-1:00 in Room 143, North Building, UTM. A light lunch will be provided at 1:00.

Our first presenter is Mina Yazdani, Ph.D. candidate at the department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, who will be speaking about Abu al-Faza'il Gulpaygani: An Ante Litteram Critic of Orientalism. Since the late 1970s, the term ‘orientalism’ has been synonymous with Edward Said and his influential monograph of the same name. This paper suggests that as revolutionary as a number of Said’s theses have been, he was not breaking entirely new ground. In fact, some seven decades earlier, we find a voice from within the Orient itself: a Persian scholar named Mirza Abu al-Faza'il Gulpaygani, expressing a similar— albeit far more embryonic— critique of orientalism. This paper will introduce Abu al-Faza'il’s general critique of orientalism as a nascent pre-figuration of some of the theses developed and advanced by Said decades later.

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