Postcolonial theory is one of the main frameworks for thinking
about the world and acting to change the world. Arising in academia
and reshaping humanities and social sciences disciplines,
postcolonial theory argues that our ideas about foreigners, 'the
other,' particularly our negative ideas about them, are determined
not by a true will to understand, but rather by our desire to
conquer, dominate, and exploit them. According to postcolonial
theory, the cause of poverty, tyranny, and misery in the world, and
of failed societies around the world, is Euro-American imperialism
and colonialism. Previously published as a special issue of Israel
Affairs, this work examines and challenges postcolonial theory. In
scholarly, research-based papers, the specialist authors examine
various facets of postcolonial theory and application. First, the
theoretical assumption and formulations of postcolonial theory are
scrutinized and found dubious. Second, the deleterious impact on
academic disciplines of postcolonial theory is demonstrated. Third,
the distorted postcolonial view of history, its obsession with
current events to the exclusion of the historical basis of events,
is exposed and corrected. Fourth, an examination of Middle Eastern
culture challenges the assumption that these societies have been
shaped entirely, and victimized, by Western intrusion. Finally,
exploring the Arab-Israel conflict, the one-sided case of
postcolonial Arabism is explored and found to be faulty.
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