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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As an Arab, I found this brilliant book at first to be alarming. The field of study that is 'Orientalism' that Said excellently presents then attacks was offensive as well as sickening. This book by far is the most eye-opening book I have ever read. Read full review