Need an research paper on orientalism and neo-orientalism representations of muslim women. Needs to be 5 pages. Please no plagiarism. The Islamic culture is often represented as uncivilized and it is assumed that the culture subordinates and oppresses women. Therefore, women in this binary discussion are placed on the borders where their main obstacle to progress is their veiled bodies and their emancipation a yardstick of modernity. For western women, this creates a normative status, since, even though Muslim women often portrayed as obedient and submissive, they are represented as liberated and free. The experience and process for both groups are thus, homogenized and essentialized. This obsession with the status of women in Islamic cultures serves as the background for this paper.
Orientalism can be described as a way of perceiving things that exaggerate, distorts, imagines and emphasizes differences of Arab cultures and people to that of the U.S. and Europe. It often involves the Arab culture being viewed as uncivilized, exotic, dangerous and backward. In his book, Orientalism, Edward W. Said defines it as the West acceptance of the basic East and West distinctions, as the main genesis for epics, elaborate theories, social descriptions, novels and orient political accounts, its customs, people, destiny and mind. Social orientalism, according to the author, dates from the colonization period of the Arab World and European Enlightenment. European colonialism finds a rationalization from orientalism based on a history that is self-serving in which the East is constructed by the West as inferior and different thus, in need of western rescue or intervention. Examples of Early Orientalism are depicted in early 20th century and late 19th-century European paintings, pictures and in World’s Fair images from U.S. Paintings, created by European artists. in this period, the artists portrayed the Arab culture as a mysterious and exotic place of harems, sand and belly dancers, highlighting an extended history of fantasies in the Orient that still influences the contemporary popular culture to date. Neo-orientalism, on the other hand, can be understood as a representation mode, which engenders new tropes of thinking, while still being indebted to classical Orientalism. Neo-Orientalism, though predominantly a Western European and North American occurrence, is neither limited to these identified regions nor is it a Western produced subject. .