Prof. Cemil Aydin on Pan-Asianism & Pan-Islamism


Today, January 26, 2015, I interviewed Professor Cemil Aydin, member of the History department at the University of North Carolina and author of the thought-provoking text The Politics of Anti-Westernism in Asia. We covered a wide range of topics during the show, including:9780231137782

  • The differences and similarities between the Ottoman Empire’s Pan-Islamism and Imperial Japan’s Pan-Asianism
  • Orientalism, reverse-Orientalism and overcoming essentialized geographies
  • The contradiction between the West’s promotion of a universal modernity and the ethnic exceptionalism inherent to European imperialism
  • Japanese modernization as a threat to Western hegemony and Communist expansionism in Asia
  • Paul Richard and Occidental defences of Japanese civilizational discourses
  • The orientalization of seemingly inorganic ideologies in Asia
  • Perceived biases in the historiography of WWII
  • Shūmei Ōkawa and the evolution of Pan-Asianist ideology
  • Justice Radhabinod Pal’s dissentient verdict at the Tokyo Trials and its implications for the victors’ history of WWII
  • The pros and cons of developing counterfactual historical narratives
  • The benefits of the multipolar world for peripheral nations

N.B. – Prof. Cemil Aydin does not necessarily support or endorse the content and basic arguments of Non-Aligned Media or Questioning Japanese History.

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