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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This page was last edited on 28 Decemberat Advertisement for Omar Cigars, Circa s. Social ScientistVol. Always there lurks the assumption that although the Western consumer belongs to a numerical minority, he is entitled either to own or to expend or both the majority of the world resources. In For Lust of Knowing: To say this may seem quite different from saying that all academic knowledge about India and Egypt is somehow tinged and impressed with, violated by, the gross political fact—and yet that is what I am saying in this study of Orientalism.

I get comments from people who don’t realize that Islam is an Abrahamic religion–sharing the same holy books, prophets, and god as Christianity and Judaism–people who aren’t aware that a ‘fatwa’ just means any public statement by a scholar.

What great insight into this system is meant to shock me? This is not in and of orinetalismus something to be lamented; the specific form of the satellite relationship, however, is. Although at times he refers to other periods – ranging as far back as the Greeks, the time period he covers is more limited than the scholarly field really extend. I am not referring to Said, I am referring to the work he exposes. How does one represent another culture? Arab Muslim family in Damascus, circa s.

This is a fascinatingly interesting book. You read about American military consultants in the Middle East who don’t know the difference between Shia and Sunni.


The Thief of Bagdadfilm poster. Writing History and the WestRobert J. The problem is one of essentialism. Said and his followers very nearly argue that any W.sai study of “the Orient” is invalid and nefarious from the start, and that any scholarship by Westerners is a tool of oppression and political domination.

Do cultural, religious, and racial differences matter more than socio-economic categories, or politicohistorical ones?

I have just read the copious notes I made when I read it in sort of ironic that I read a westerner’s gloss rather than re-reading oruentalismus original!? I started to pick at this foundational work while I was still in Iraq He addresses universal truisms of human nature involving power and discourse that resonate beyond the broad “East-West” divisions.

While those first travelers were lazy in their generalizations the later were worse, they simply depended upon accounts of those old travelers for their purposes. We live in an internet age where we can find anything out if we really want to.

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I was exposed to utterly astonishing – farcical even – explanations of Islam, central Asian and Far Asian cultures and beliefs by individuals considered well-to-do in their day. In the article “Said’s Splash” evward, Martin Kramer said that, fifteen years after publication of Orientalismthe UCLA historian Nikki Keddie whom Said praised in Covering Islamwho originally had praised Orientalism as an ‘important, and, in many ways, positive’ book, had changed her mind.

In Dangerous KnowledgeIrwin relates that the odientalismus English Arabist Edward William Lanecompiler of the great Arabic-English Lexicon [], “used to complain that he had become so used to the cursive calligraphy of his Arabic manuscripts that he found Western print a great strain on his eyes. One should focus on his desire to explain how both sides of the globe have traditions and intellectual achievements, and at the same time the lack thereof of it, not simply a West versus East ideal.

How many works can stand both the test of time and the test of critical academic scrutiny? Pilgrims going to Mecca.



Or of Wilhelm the Second’s mad dreams. Views Read Edit View history. It is only because of we remarkably generous Westerners being able to explain their history to them, their language, society and character, that they have any ideas about themselves at all. In the street of Cairo at the World’s Fair there was exhibited the peculiar manners of the Egyptians, and a veiled lady was of course one of the curious objects displayed, though she did not always appear in that unsightly disguise, thus proving that she was not a slave to this requirement of all Mohammodan [sic] women.

This fiery criticism of colonial attitudes has more or less been integrated into modern post-colonial discourse. Want to Read saving….

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So why is it so shocking that in studies of the East, a minority has a more relevant view of their culture than a random who only knows of that culture through the vacuum of academia? And yet, just as he seems to be reaching a kind of specificity, he breaks off: University of Chicago Press.

Highly recommended, essential reading. In Orientalism, Said asserts that those of a particular culture, with appropriate education, intellect, and experience, were more capable of teaching their culture than a white man who only knows of that culture through his immersion in the academic bubble.

Nor is this book some vitriolic outcry against the West that some ignorant reviewers like to fallaciously classify it as. And he’s right about some things: It turns out, the best thing I could have done in order to understand what I saw was wrong with Mongol history-writing, was read Said. Power, Politics, and Culture: Buying and Selling the Istrian Goat: The following is a true story: Incorrect publication year 3 13 Jul 25,