Under the Gaze of Double Critique: De-colonisation, De-sacralisation and the Orphan Book


  • Joshua A. Sabih




Double critique, Abdelkébir Khatibi, decolonisation, orientalism


Instead of the orientalist reformist paradigm as frame and episteme, Khatibi proposes a theory of double critique, critical liminality that targets, in a bi-directional movement, a Eurocentric or Orientalist discourse and an ethnocentric local discourse. Three critical concepts, constitutive of the theory of double critique: decolonisation, desacralisation and the orphan book are operative in Khatibi´s analysis of Orientalism, identity, and the issue of origin. As a professional outsider, Khatibi follows conceptually and methodologically the rules of the epistemological critique in an enunciation of negotiation, not of negation; a site of hybridity.


Joshua A. Sabih

Dr. Joshua Sabih (dr.theol) is associate professor in Middle Eastern & North African Studies, and coordinator for Hebrew, Jewish and Israel Studies. Joshua Sabih's teaching and research include Arabic linguistics and literature, Quranic Studies, Islamic Law, Philosophy and Theology, Jewish, Karaite and Samaritan Studies, Jewish-Muslim Relations, Modern Arab and Jewish Thought, and Semitic Philology. Among his publications: Sabih, J & El-Jaichi, S, (2015) I Averroes Fodspor: Samtalen mellem Religion og Filosofi, Copenhagen; "Isa Narrative in the Quran: The Making of a Prophet in 'Is This Not the Carpenter?': The Question of the Historicity og the Figure of Jesus. Thompson, T. L. & Verenna, T. S. (red.). Sheffield: Equinox Publishing Ltd, SW 11, Kap. 12, s. 217-232 16 s. (Copenhagen International Seminar; Nr. 6, Vol. 1), Japheth ben Ali's Book of Jeremiah: A Critical Edition and Linguistic Analysis of the JudaeoArabic Translation, 2009 London.





Sabih, J. A. (2017). Under the Gaze of Double Critique: De-colonisation, De-sacralisation and the Orphan Book. Tidsskrift for Islamforskning, 9(1), 79–108. https://doi.org/10.7146/tifo.v9i1.25346