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Den Orient begrifflich denken: Überlegungen zur Erforschung der arabisch-islamischen Geistesgeschichte


Tamer, Georges (2014). Den Orient begrifflich denken: Überlegungen zur Erforschung der arabisch-islamischen Geistesgeschichte. Asiatische Studien, 68(2):557-577.

Abstract

The first part of this paper presents two contrary views on the Arab-
Islamic culture : The first one claims the essential otherness of the Orient against
the Occident, which causes the historian of cultures to focus more on differences
than similarities between Arab-Islamic world, on one hand, and Europe which
developed out of the Greek-Roman-Byzantine cultural traditions, on the other. In
opposition, the other view stresses a poetic and mystical unity between the two
cultural realms. According to this position, the spiritual aspects of Islam and the
Orient are emphasized. In the second part, the author presents a new approach
to deal with the Orient, based on conceptualizing predominant cultural phenomena
which have direct impact on the life of societies. Through the investigation of
the concept of time in the Qurʾān and influential Arab literary works, the paper
attempts to demonstrate that questions about the relationship between cultures
and peoples can be answered more accurately by analyzing the concepts which
shape the mentality of the people.

Abstract

The first part of this paper presents two contrary views on the Arab-
Islamic culture : The first one claims the essential otherness of the Orient against
the Occident, which causes the historian of cultures to focus more on differences
than similarities between Arab-Islamic world, on one hand, and Europe which
developed out of the Greek-Roman-Byzantine cultural traditions, on the other. In
opposition, the other view stresses a poetic and mystical unity between the two
cultural realms. According to this position, the spiritual aspects of Islam and the
Orient are emphasized. In the second part, the author presents a new approach
to deal with the Orient, based on conceptualizing predominant cultural phenomena
which have direct impact on the life of societies. Through the investigation of
the concept of time in the Qurʾān and influential Arab literary works, the paper
attempts to demonstrate that questions about the relationship between cultures
and peoples can be answered more accurately by analyzing the concepts which
shape the mentality of the people.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:Journals > Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques > Archive > 68 (2014) > 2
Dewey Decimal Classification:Unspecified
Language:German
Date:2014
Deposited On:03 Oct 2014 13:08
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:24
Publisher:Schweizerische Asiengesellschaft; Verlag Peter Lang AG
ISSN:0004-4717
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515

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