A Neo-Orientalist Critique of 'Humanitarian Interventions' in Afghanistan in Rahman’s In the Light of What We Know

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The study of Rahman's, In The Light of What We Know, explores how Neo-orientalist strategies of neocons subjugated South Asian neo-orients in the name of humanitarian help in war-afflicted Afghanistan. The global forces have reverted to the past binaric divisions of 'us' and 'them' in order to gain their economic and political interests. Using Steger (2003) and Howe's (2002) critique of the validity of Huntington's thesis of 'clash of civilizations' (1997), the study examines that in post 9/11 Afghan scenario Americans seem to be engaged in the projects of welfare and civilizing missions but are covertly securing their politico-economic motives in the region through humanitarian interventions of martial, cultural, political nature.


1-Atta-ul- Mustafa
Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Linguistics, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan.

2-Ghulam Murtaza
Associate Professor, Department of English, Govt. College University, Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan.

3-Muhammad Asif
Assistant Professor, Department of English, Govt. College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan


Afghanistan, Bangladeshi Literature, Globalization, 9/11

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V - II

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Published: 06 2020

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