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"The theme is the way in which intellectual traditions are created and trans-mitted... Orientalism is the example Mr. Said uses, and by it he means something precise. The scholar who studies the Orient (and specifically the Muslim Orient), the imaginitive writer who takes it as his subject, and the institutions which have been concerned with teaching it, settling it, ruling it, all have a certain representation or idea of the Orient defined as being other than the Occident, mysterious, unchanging and ultimately inferior." --Albert Hourani, New York Review of Books
EDWARD W. SAID is University Professor at Columbia University. He was born in Jerusalem in 1935 and educated in Egypt and the United States. His other books include THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE, CULTURE AND IMPERIALISM, OUT OF PLACE: A MEMOIR. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
In response to the precedent review. First of all, Orientalism happens to be Edward Said's area of study. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2005
This is definitely a masterpiece!The late Edward Said has done an excellent job in this monumental study on Orientalism. Read morePublished on June 19 2004 by Georges Melki
The book of Edward Said is without any doubt on the most influential books produced in the late XX century, in the Western societies. Read morePublished on April 18 2004 by José Pedro T. Fernandes
It isn't until you get to p. 242 of Edward Said's "Orientalism" that he informs the reader of what he is REALLY getting at. Read morePublished on March 28 2004 by Corn Soup
Simply put an amazing book. Said's point is not to accuse the "West", for which he is derided by one of Amazon's "spotlighted reviewers" here, but instead Said... Read morePublished on March 16 2004
Lets get the argument strait here: the Western scholars tried to understand Islam through tradition techniques like fact finding and cultural analysis and for Mr. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2004 by Seth J. Frantzman
This extremely important book is not easy to read. As Said tackles sensitive issues, he makes sure that every word of his is backed up by ample research, and the result is at times... Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2004 by nadav haber
What I wonder about Said's career is this: does the West have an equivalent of Edward Said who is working at the most prestigious Arab universities and making a very comfortable... Read morePublished on Dec 6 2003 by sky
I can see why people are buying this now, following Said's sad and premature death, but the extreme way in which he used to put things (I remember he almost converted an audience... Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2003 by C. Catherwood