Course Code: 2XMW10C21
Start Date: 26/04/2022Day of the Week:
Length in weeks: 10
The ‘West’ has long been intrigued by the ‘Orient’; from Antiquity onwards the ‘Orient’ was the ‘Other’, the ‘Not-Us’, the unknowable, the mysterious, source of a thousand fantasies. The arrival of Islam underlined its otherness. How were Muhammed, the Muslim religion and Muslim societies represented in Western discourse between the 7th and 18thcentury? From 1800 onwards ‘Orientalism’ took shape: a scholarly, ‘scientific’ dissection of Muslim societies, spawning stereotypes and caricatures which still colour our contemporary thinking. Due attention will be given to pictorial representations of Muslims and their world as seen through the eyes of the Orientalist school of painting.