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.
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I emphasize in it accordingly that neither the term Orient nor the concept of the West has any ontological stability; each is made up of human effort, ...
... the mind away from concrete human history and experience and into the realms of ideological fiction, metaphysical confrontation, and collective passion.
Reflection, debate, rational argument, moral principle based on a secular notion that human beings must create their own history have been replaced by ...
... and helpless imprecations that do nothing to open up societies where secular ideas about human history and development have been overtaken by failure ...
The secular world is the world of history as made by human beings. Human agency is subject to investigation and analysis, which it is the mission of ...
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ORIENTALISMUser Review - Kirkus
One may quibble with the title: this is a study of Islamic Orientalism solely, of Western representations of the Near East, with little or no direct reference to Persia, India, China, Japan. Professor ... Read full review
Review: OrientalismUser Review - Leonard - Goodreads
Said's masterwork on the Western view of the East is not only a breathtaking work of scholarship, but a vital method of understanding the 'othering' that has allowed us to come to our current grim political pass. Read full review
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