Translating Khan on singer: Global solvent versus local interpretation

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ÖZEN İ. C., Zeigler S. M.

Pakistan Development Review, vol.45, no.2, pp.303-314, 2006 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 45 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.30541/v45i2pp.303-314
  • Journal Name: Pakistan Development Review
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.303-314
  • Keywords: Communication, Community, Dialogue, Domination, Economy, Global, Globalisation, Language, Local, Orientalism, Translation
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


This work focuses on Peter Singer's book, One World: The Ethics of Globalisation, and a reading of it recently presented by M. Ali Khan. Khan's response to Singer is acutely critical, but ultimately fails to situate Singer's offering in its proper historical context. In this sense, Khan's response is not sufficient. We demonstrate that Singer's offering is permeated by a universalising discourse marked by asymmetric power relations clearly described by Edward Said in Orientalism and, more surprisingly, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky in The Possessed. We illustrate how Singer's narrative and the counter-narrative of Khan represent a continuation of a longer historical disputation between the West and the East.