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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 1979 - Social Science - 368 pages
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The author presents a critique of the Western World's historical, cultural, and political perceptions of the East and Arab people. In this study, the author traces the origins of the West's concept of "orientalism" to the centuries-long period during which Europe dominated the Middle and Near East.

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Said was able to put on the table what has been under the ground for long time. knowledge making practices of the west towards the "orient" has been unquestionable and unchallenged so far. He was able to use western academic tools to criticize western academia.

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Despite all the criticism, the shortcomings (focus on one period), it still remains a cornerstone! Read it a second time (also his afterword and defense) and again found some points I've missed last time. Read full review

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Edward Said's Orientalism: a Brief Definition
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Orientalism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Orientalism refers to the imitation or depiction of aspects of Eastern cultures in the West by writers, designers and artists, and can also refer to a ...
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"Orientalism" refers to the geography and culture of large parts of Asia and North Africa ... In literary history, Romantic Orientalism is the recurrence of ...
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Orientalism: the accumulative body of (‘Western’) knowledge ...
In the most widely referenced critique (also see Sardar, 1999; Tibawi, 1964), Edward Said (1978) examines Orientalism via Foucault’s notion of discourse. ...
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Orientalism, Misinformation and Islam
A short overview of how Islam has been misunderstood and misrepresented in the West
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Vintage Catalog | Orientalism by Edward W. Said
Orientalism Written by Edward W. Said Social Science - Ethnic Studies ... Orientalism is the example Mr. Said uses, and by it he means something precise. ...
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Culinary Orientalism - New York Times
Lukas even goes so far as to suggest that the late scholar and activist Edward Said (the author of “Orientalism,” an influential critique of traditional ...
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About the author (1979)

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.