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Outside the world of theology, philosophy and literature, there were many Europeans whose thirst and curiosity for the Orient could not be quenched by reading books. So they went to the Islamic world and produced a sizeable literature of travel accounts about Muslim countries, their customs, cities, and so on. These were the European travelers of the 18th and 19th centuries whose ranks included such celebrities as Burton, Scott, Kinglake, Disraeli, Curzon, Warburton, Nerval, Chardin, Chateaubriand, Flaubert, Lamartine, Pierre Loti, and Tavernier.
Like their intellectual peers in the 17th and 18th centuries, those travelers were interested in the worldly qualities of Islamdom, perhaps with a good intention of dispelling some long-standing misgivings about a world in which Europe had now a vital interest or simply because Islam did not offer anything of value in view of the theological, if not historical, superiority of the Christian faith to which they belonged. Their narrations, ranging from recondite and arid inventory of names and places to spirited depictions and imaginary ruminations, display not so much interest in penetrating into the Islamic world as reflecting and constructing it through the eyes of an upper class Westerner.
It would not be a stretch to say that the 19th century is the longest period in the history Islam and the West. It was in this century that the academic study of Islam exploded more than any one in Europe could have imagined a generation ago. The new interest in Islam was certainly tied to the political, economic and most importantly colonial circumstances of the 19th century during which time a handful of European countries had occupied a good part of the Islamic world.
These and many other figures writing on Islam and the Islamic world in the 19th century unearthed a new terrain for the study of Islam and ushered in new modes of perception vis-à-vis the Islamic world. In so far as shaping the modern Western images of Islam is concerned, the contribution of these scholars was manifold. First, they were the direct conduits of satisfying the curiosity of European populace about the Islamic world that was now, after centuries of menacing presence and bewildering success, under the unquestionable dominance of the West. In this limited sense, the picture of Islam that arises out of the works of such scholars as mentioned above was intractably tied to the new colonial identity of Western Europe.
Orientalism reached a climax in the second half of the 19th century, and a truly impressive and ambitious venture was set in motion by a dozen or so European academics who were to mould the modern study of Islam in Western universities. Ignaz Goldziher (1850-1921), Snouck Hurgronje (1857-1936), Duncan Black Macdonald (1863-1943), Carl Becker (1876-1933), David Samuel Margoliouth (1858-1940), Edward Granville Browne (1862-1926), Reynold Alleyne Nicholson (1868-1945), Louis Massignon (1883-1962), and Sir Hamilton A. R. Gibb (1895-1971) were, inter alia, the towering figures of the Orientalist study of Islam with all of their ambitions, fervor, differences, diligence of scholarship, and distinctly Western identities. By producing a massive body of books, journals, articles, translations, critical editions, reports, and academic posts for the study of Islam, Orientalists generated an enduring legacy that has shaped the parameters of the modern study of Islam and the Muslim world up to our own day.
Secondly, the Orientalist tendency was to analyze the Islamic world as a case of decaying civilization whose only import, at least for the Western student of Islam, was either its obscure textual tradition or the variegated responses of Muslim intellectuals to the challenges of the modern world. For instance, all of the leading figures of classical Orientalism were unanimous in depicting Islamic philosophy and sciences as no more than a port for the transmission of Greek lore to Europe.
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