The noted critic and a Palestinian now teaching at Columbia University,examines the way in which the West observes the Arabs.
About the Author
Edward Said (1935-2003) was one of the world's most celebrated and influential public intellectuals. He was University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and was a spokesman and activist for the Palestinian cause.
"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