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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.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c1978
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780394740676
Branch Call Number: 950 S13o
Characteristics: xi, 368 p. ; 25 cm


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May 11, 2017

An absolutely brilliant and devastating read. Said does the truest, noblest of dirty work: he sifts through the piles and piles of literature that perpetuates imaginative stereotypes of the East, for and by the West.

Apr 25, 2011

A very frustrating read for anyone who is not well versed in the complexities of academic jargon. One wonders if Said is making fun of the reader or if he does not wish to be understood. In the Afterword, he complains that his book has been misunderstood by many people; perhaps if he wrote in a more clear and concise manner, being misunderstood would not be an issue.


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Apr 25, 2011

"My thesis is that the essential aspects of modern Orientalist theory and praxis (from which present-day Orientalism derives) can be understood, not as a sudden access of objective knowledge about the Orient, but as a set of structures inherited from the past, secularized, redisposed, and re-formed by such disciplines as philology, which in turn were naturalized, modernized, and laicized substitutes for (or versions of) Christian supernaturalism."

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