About this book
Subtitled, "The Orientalists & Their Enemies". Irwin charts the origins of orientalism and its foremost practitioners, from Ancient Greece up to the present day.
The history of Orientalism shows that, whether making philological comparisons between Arabic and Hebrew, cataloguing the coins of Fatimid Egypt or establishing the chronology of Harun al-Rashid's military campaigns against Byzantium, scholars have been unified by their shared obsession. This book is a work of scholarship.