A Review on Muslim Studies


Preamble

To peruse various works by the orientalists is quite a heavy task for those who are interested and particularly for who are new in the field of Islamic studies. Perhaps, it is not only because the readers are not well-prepared by proficiency of language that common used in the academic filed, for most of orientalists make use of several foreign languages in their writing, i.e. French, Hungary, Germany, etc., but also because of the inadequacy of these language in representing what is should be best understood in the original sources and realities. In some occasions, instead of looking at the context in which the object lies, the orientalists often view things from their perspective, which subsequently implies, in broader impact, the gradual domination of the Occident over the Orient,[1] as Edward said. In other words, it can be said that obviously this is a new form of colonialism that need to be prevented. It the light of brief summary above, therefore, this short essay, by pointing out what is correct and what is incorrect from point of view of Islam, tries to critically study Ignaz Goldziher’s work,[2] Muslim Studies, a translated version of Muhammedanische … (please click here to continue reading)


[1] For more details about critique on the orientalists and their activities see Edward W. Said. Orientalism. (Great Britain: Penguin, 1978), 3-4. He describes further the orientalism as the corporate institution for dealing with the Orient – dealing with it by making statement about it, authorizing views of it, describing it, by teaching it, settling it, rulling over it: in short, Orientalism as a Western style for dominating, restructuring, and having authority over the Orient.

[2] I have chosen this book to be reviewed because I notice the fact that Ignaz Goldziher was considered as father of modern Islamic studies and as representative of Orientalism who was most productive write about Islam in the late of 19th century.

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