Orientalism by Edward W. Said


byEdward W. Said

Paperback | October 12, 1979

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More than three decades after its first publication, Edward Said's groundbreaking critique of the West's historical, cultural, and political perceptions of the East has become a modern classic.

In this wide-ranging, intellectually vigorous study, Said traces the origins of "orientalism" to the centuries-long period during which Europe dominated the Middle and Near East and, from its position of power, defined "the orient" simply as "other than" the occident. This entrenched view continues to dominate western ideas and, because it does not allow the East to represent itself, prevents true understanding. Essential, and still eye-opening, Orientalism remains one of the most important books written about our divided world.

About The Author

Edward W. Said was born in 1935 in Jerusalem, raised in Jerusalem and Cairo, and educated in the United States, where he attended Princeton (B.A. 1957) and Harvard (M.A. 1960; Ph.D. 1964). In 1963, he began teaching at Columbia University, where he was University Professor of English and Comparative Literature. He died in 2003 in New Y...
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Title:OrientalismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 1.1 inPublished:October 12, 1979Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:039474067X

ISBN - 13:9780394740676

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For years the Eastern world has been known to the West only through interpretive literature and texts that give, for the most part, a predominantly Western perspective on a distinct and unique history and culture. The crux of Orientalism is a critiquing of the way the academic world has regarded the East and how they have only helped to legitimize and feed Western dogma to the masses. It is an intellectual history of the way history has, to this point, been interpreted. Columbia Professor Edward Said uses the Muslim Orient to prove how irresponsible chronicling has been responsible for pervaded impressions. His version is a fascinating, not to mention exciting, intellectual history.

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"Intellectual history on a high order . . . and very exciting." --The New York Times"Powerful and disturbing. . . . The theme is the way in which intellectual traditions are created and transmitted." --The New York Review of Books"Stimulating, elegant yet pugnacious. . . . Said observes the West observing the Arabs, and he does not like what he finds." --The Observer"An important book. . . . Never has there been as sustained and as persuasive a case against Orientalism as Said's." --Jerusalem Post