Under the Gaze of Double Critique: De-colonisation, De-sacralisation and the Orphan Book

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Instead of the orientalist reformist paradigm as frame and episteme, Ḫaṭībī proposes a
theory of double critique, critical liminality that targets, in a bi-directional movement,
a Eurocentric or Orientalist discourse and an ethnocentric local discourse. Three
critical concepts, constitutive of the theory of double critique: decolonisation,
desacralisation and the orphan book are operative in Ḫaṭībī´s analysis of
Orientalism, identity, and the issue of origin. As a professional outsider, Ḫaṭībī
follows conceptually and methodologically the rules of the epistemological critique in an
enunciation of negotiation, not of negation; a site of hybridity.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4
JournalTidsskrift for Islamforskning
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)79-108
Number of pages31
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2015

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