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Imperialism, Islam, and the transformation of self : the pilgrimage of Nacir ed-Dine Dinet (1861-1929)


  • Watanabe, Shoko


Orientalist travel writing has often been understood as a literate form of imperial domination in which Western travelers reproduced a stereotyping narrative of non-Westerners to reinforce the dichotomist worldview between Westerners and non-Westerners. To reconsider this view, this paper discusses the Muslim pilgrimage account written by converted French orientalist painter, Nacir ed-Dine, born Étienne Dinet (1861–1929). This paper argues that Dinet saw that the difference which separates Europeans and Muslims was surmountable. This worldview allowed Dinet to have hope for self-transformation, which would ultimately blur the cultural borders between the dominators and the dominated as defined in the colonial context.

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  • Watanabe, Shoko, 2017. "Imperialism, Islam, and the transformation of self : the pilgrimage of Nacir ed-Dine Dinet (1861-1929)," IDE Discussion Papers 634, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).
  • Handle: RePEc:jet:dpaper:dpaper634

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    Colonialism; Islam; Book of travels; Orientalism; French Colonialism; Travel Account; Muslim Pilgrimage;

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