La vera natura della sindrome petrolifera

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] The true nature of the oil syndrome

Aldo Pigoli*

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[Autom. eng. transl.] The history of the Arab-Islamic world has been the subject of distorting interpretations due to the influence of the approach known as Orientalism, which is more attentive to cultural, linguistic and philological phenomena than to the dynamics of society and power. Edward Said raised a great controversy when he denounced orientalism as an instrument of domination by the West in colonial times, entering into controversy especially with Bernard Lewis, a scholar of Turkey and a great Islamologist. The events that in 2011 led to profound upheavals in the states of North Africa and, by contagion, of the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East, however, opened new horizons in the reality of a society that was claimed to be motionless and immutable and, consequently, in the analyzes and in the studies that have them as their object. The volume brings together essays by specialists from the University of Pavia and other prestigious universities - including Moldi Lahmar, from the University of Tunis - as well as researchers in institutes such as ISPI and IAI. While engaging, as necessary, in the reading of the latest events, the authors favor a historical perspective.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] The true nature of the oil syndrome
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationVerso un nuovo orientalismo. Primavere arabe e Grande Medio Oriente
EditorsG. P., Calchi Novati
Number of pages27
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Maledizione delle risorse
  • Oil
  • Petrolio
  • Regimi autoritari
  • Rendita
  • Rentier State
  • Resource Curse


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