Orientalism by Edward W. Said

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Providing an overview of western attitudes towards the East, this book sets out to challenge established western views of the Orient and of the Arab and Islamic world.

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Born in Jerusalem and educated at Victoria College in Cairo and at Princeton and Harvard universities, Edward Said has taught at Columbia University since 1963 and has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Johns Hopkins University. He has had an unusual dual career as a professor of comparative literature, a recognized expert on the novelist and short story writer Joseph Conrad, (see Vol. 1) and as one of the most significant contemporary writers on the Middle East, especially the Palestinian question and the plight of Palestinians living in the occupied territories. Although he is not a trained historian, his Orientalism (1978) is one of the most stimulating critical evaluations of traditional Western writing on Middle Eastern history, societies, and literature. In the controversial Covering Islam (1981), he examined how the Western media have biased Western perspectives on the Middle East. A Palestinian by birth, Said has sought to show how Palestinian history differs from the rest of Arabic history because of the encounter with Jewish settlers and to present to Western readers a more broadly representative Palestinian position than they usually obtain from Western sources. Said is presently Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia, editor of Arab Studies Quarterly, and chair of the board of trustees of the Institute of Arab Studies. He is a member of the Palestinian National Council as well as the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
Published January 1, 1978 by Pantheon Books. 368 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel, Law & Philosophy, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Pub Date: Nov. 30th, 1978 ISBN: 039474067X Page count: ...

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Said published his highly influential polemic “Orientalism” nearly 30 years ago, and Robert Irwin, a British specialist in the history and culture of the Middle East, has been fuming ever since.

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The New York Review of Books

To say that this is a matter of not espousing “fashionable causes” is not quite to address the question of why, for example, so many Islamic spècialists actively work for, were and still are routinely consulted by governments whose designs in the Islamic world are economic exploitation, dominatio...

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Project MUSE

It is to be understood that there are many orientalisms, in other words, arising from distinct experiences of empire and the contingencies of historical context, just as there are multiple critiques of orientalism, with similarly distinct intellectual genealogies.

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Project MUSE

No book of recent times by a Western-based academic working in the humanities has made so much impact as Edward Said’s Orientalism, first published in 1978, one indication of which is the huge literature it has generated and provoked, both admiring and (increasingly) critical, across a whole rang...

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The New Canon

World. But since the publication of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, ... deepens as the book progresses, but in true Murakami fashion, it is a .... LA Review of Books

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eInternational Relations

Edward Said’s seminal work, Orientalism, published in 1978, is a discourse analysis and a genealogy of ‘Orientalism’.

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That Irwin can point to very few Orientalists, even at present, who evince sincere respect for the people of the region is not unrelated to the belief that, since the texts are central and Orientalists know the texts, Orientalists know best.

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He does mention that in the era of Philip Hitti Princeton produced "a large group of important scholars, and its brand of Oriental studies stimulated great scholarly interest in the field" (p.

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