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Said 1994: 61. Said 1994: 62. Antonio Gramsci, Selections from the Prison Notebooks, ed. N. Smith. New York: International Publishers, 1971: 20. Richard Rorty, "Self Creation and Affiliation: Proust, Nietchze, and Heidegger," in Contingency, Irony and Solidarity. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1989: 96. Rorty 1989: 96. Rorty 1989: 97. 2 Ignaz Goldziher and the Question Concerning Orientalism1 "Ich lebte mich denjn auch wdhrend dieser Wochen so sehr in den mohammedanischen Geist ein, dass ich zuletzt innerlich uberzeugt wurde, ich sei selbst Mohammedaner und klug herausfand, dass dies die einzige Religion seit welche selbst in ihrer doktrinar-offiziellen Gestaltung und Formulirung philosophische Kopfe befriedigen konne, Mein Ideal war es, das Judenthum zu dhnlicher rationeller Stufe zu erheben, Der Islam, so lehrte mich meine Erfahrung, sei die einzige Religion, in welcher Aberglaube und heidnische Rudimente nicht durch den Rationalismust sondern durch die orthodoxe Lehre verpont werden," [I truly entered in those weeks into the spirit of Islam to such an extent that ultimately I became inwardly convinced that I myself was a Muslim and judiciously discovered that this was the only religion which, even in it doctrinal and official formulation, can satisfy philosophical minds.
Throughout his work as a scholar, Goldziher's most important contribution was, perhaps his sweeping knowledge of various (and conflicting) Islamic discourses. Because he had no institutional or dogmatic connection to any particular Islamic discourse (neither as a jurist, nor as a philosopher, mystic, nor even as a Muslim), he could see them all at the same time. There is no question that Goldziher identified most with Muslim (Sunni) jurists. But unlike Muslim jurists, he had a deeply sympathetic understanding of Islamic mysticism, and then unlike Muslim mystics he had an equally broad understanding of Islamic philosophy—and, unlike all of them, he had no aversion to the most recent social and intellectual developments in the Islamic world, the revolutionary movements that Muslim jurists, mystics, and philosophers alike would have dismissed as whimsical and unworthy of their critical and scholarly attention.
In Sociology of Culture and in Islamic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. The seeming paradox, stretched between Ignaz Goldziher and Edward Said, to both of whom I was first introduced as a graduate student, has been central to my own work on the borderlines of those two disciplines. Between Philip Rieff and the late George Makdisi, with whom I studied Sociology of Culture and Islamic Studies, respectively, Edward Said and Ignaz Goldziher are not mere bibliographical references in the itinerary of an intellectual paradox.