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"Orientalism" is a term dating back to the 18th and 19th century that was revived by the Palestinian-American intellectual Edward Said (1935-2003). Orientalism defines societies as developed and civilized if they conform to Western norms, desires and values. This sense of superiority results in erroneous policies, wars, hatred, and bigotry; which still manifest themselves gruesomely today.

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Are Muslims Ready to Use Trump’s Presidency?

American Soft Power

Daniel Haqiqatjou, a prominent Muslim-American blogger and intellectual, in his widely read column Why Trump Is Surprisingly Good for Muslims, published in August 2016, Haqiqatjou makes a well-researched argument that “if trump wins the presidency the US political cast identifying itself as Democrat will likely latch on to the Muslim cause like never before. We saw shades of this during ... Read More »

Demystifying American “Soft Power” Strategy

American Soft Power

“Soft Power” refers to strategies by Western countries to affect change in other countries prioritizing non-violence, but not excluding  violent means. The term has come to prominence in 2003 when Joseph Nye discussed it in a paper aiming at presenting alternatives to US Government to affect change in other countries without having to primarily rely upon hard or military power. While ... Read More »

Don’t Like Anthony Weiner’s Actions? Stop Cultivating Them.

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The entire Anthony Weiner saga is a manifestation of inconsistent societal values. The US society prides itself in American Pie type of youth culture and its government constantly uses the party lifestyle as dumbed-down liberalism and an element in its soft-power, so it is very confusing when the corporate US media voices a disapproval of Anthony Weiner’s behavior. People should ... Read More »

The PR Weakness of the Resistance Axis in Syria

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The purpose of this column is not to study the functionality and the legitimacy of the Syrian government, but the weakness in the public relations sphere on the Syrian front of a far more potent and globally relevant force, namely the Resistance Axis, led by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Since the start of the crisis in Syria, Corporate media ... Read More »

Temporary Marriage: an Islamic Response to Contemporary Promiscuity

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Anti-Orientalist.com aims to provide a platform for indigenous perspectives and solutions of the Orient, it does not mean we endorse all of them. The article below is the view of the author (who chose to remain anonymous), not of Anti-Orientalist.com   This column aims to discuss the not so widely deliberated Prophetic tradition that can help Muslims preserve their sexual ... Read More »

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