Orientalism

Orientalism

Paperback | October 12, 1979

byEdward W. Said

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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.

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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 t...

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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 d...

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The noted critic and a Palestinian now teaching at Columbia University, examines the way in which the West observes the Arabs.

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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Format: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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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Look at Racism I'm actually doing a huge book review on it right now. What an excellent book. I'm not surprised that he was one of the first academics to bring this issue to public attention. It challenges Western Imperialist ways completely. There has been MUCH criticism of the book, but I think that the book still manages to hold its ground. Someone has to try to state the obvious. It's a good thing we have in a position of respect doing it. Otherwise, I don;'t think there would be that much hype. Oh yes, and the book was also published in the States. Big Stink? No wonder--Notorious stereotypes of Middle East there--from Casablanca to True Lies, the film industry helps out bigtime. So Arab people are hostile to American security? ---situation in Palestine....... Anyway, even if the book IS hard to read, everyone should know the argument Said and proponents put forth, to understand modern discourse and how biased arguments can be accepted.
Date published: 2000-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Orientalism I returned to this book recently, and am still amazed by its clear observations and relevance to our present time. Said argues that the West has created a body of knowledge about the Middle East through histories, studies, and art, which we consider this to be more real than the region itself. I always have difficulty with Said's convoluted prose, but the content of the book more than makes up for this. Anyone interested in literary criticism or International politics of any kind would enjoy this book. Those interested in epistemology will find it useful as well.
Date published: 1999-04-19

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From Our Editors

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.

Editorial Reviews

"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