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C L A S S I C S. ORIENTALISM. Edward W. Said was University Professor at Columbia University, where he has taught English and Comparative Literature. He. For generations now, Edward W. Said’s Orientalism has defined our understanding of colonialism and empire, and this Penguin Modern. Edward W. Said, in his groundbreaking book, Orientalism, defined it as the acceptance in the West of “the basic distinction between East and West as the starting.

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White guy, trying to explore humanity, writing a bit of fiction about Colonialism, about the W.aaid rule in Egypt and India, featuring characters of different backgrounds–but it’s daunting.

Saids aim in these pages can easily be found anywhere on the internet. That Orientalism should have concentrated upon good examples of imperialism and cultural hegemonysuch as the British Raj of India — and Russia’s dominions in Asia —but he did not, because, as a public intellectualEdward Said was more interested in making political points about the politics of the Middle East, in general, and of Palestine, in particular.

Said makes it clear that he is not breaking new ground. Highly recommended along with its sequel, Culture and Imperialism.

Through unreason and violence — that is, a particularly Oriental and non-Western way. Week 8 – Orientalism by Edward Said 23 36 Apr 12, The principal characteristic of Orientalism is a “subtle and persistent Eurocentric prejudice against Arab-Islamic peoples and their culture”, which derives from Western images of what is Oriental cultural representations that reduce the Orient to the fictional essences of “Oriental peoples” and “the places of the Orient”; such cultural representations dominate the communications discourse of Western peoples with and about non-Western peoples.

I offer no excuses for the representation, but know that many authors in the cannon did things very similar And here is a direct quote from Said; it literally sums up this picture: Time somewhat proved them correct.


What is Orientalism?

You cannot say fairer than what he says of Richard Burton, along with the useful analysis that only Said has said. Particularly in these troubled times with racial slurs against Muslims becoming common currency amd electoral policyit remains relevant and eye-opening. A tone more for scholars than general readers like myself. In justification of empire, the Orientalist claims to know more—essential and definitive knowledge—about the Orientaliwmus than do the Orientals.

This is a seminal, if flawed work.

That is always the thing with prejudice — it always goes hand-in-hand with laziness. He addresses universal truisms of human nature involving power and edwsrd that resonate beyond the broad “East-West” divisions. The contemporary, historical impact of Orientalism was in explaining the How? That’s this book in a nutshell, and I’m OK with that. A score of adjectives come to mind – spiritual, introvert etc.


See the first comment below if you haven’t yet seen the stupidity of review. Aggregating humans as if all you need to say about orentalismus is that they are Arabs or Americans or Australians and then thinking that is somehow all you needed to say, that a single label can explain entire human cultures, is the stuff of racist fantasy. It does not seem worthy of repeating here again.

I think the problem with reading Orientalism today is that much of what he says that was so revolutionary at the time is so accepted now at least among most academics. Do cultural, religious, and racial differences matter more than socio-economic categories, or politicohistorical ones?

View all 3 comments. If I can tell a edwad tale: I hope someday to also join such scholars rising under its shadow like Columbia’s eminent Near Eastern professor Massoud. Things I saw from both Americans and Iraqis began to remind me faintly of some half-remembered ideas from Said’s pen.

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I tried it a few years ago during the first year of my undergraduate degree and was overwhelmed by some of the prose. I think that is too bad. Jan 13, Rob Salkowitz rated it it was ok.

That the disparate examples, such as the German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe — who never travelled to the Orient; the French novelist Gustave Flaubert — who briefly toured Egypt; the French Orientalist Ernest Renan —whose anti-Semitism voided his work; and the British Arabist Edward William Lane —who compiled the Arabic—English Lexicon —93 —did not constitute a comprehensive scope of investigation or critical comparison.

Edward Said keeps his arguments relatively in the present, at least, from the perspective of the way the current eyes of the Occidental view the Oriental.

Orientalism by Edward W. Said

And it gets worse. Methodological failures of orientalism cannot be accounted for by saying the real Orient is different from orientalist portrayals or that orientalists, being Westerners, can have no inner sense of what the Orient is all about: We live in an internet age where we can find anything out if we really want to.

Power, Politics, and Culture: Said’s stated purpose of writing was to show how an intellectual study such as Orientalism can not be viewed independently from the influence of power dynamics on an author.