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 is convenient because ‘we’ Orientalists need only read a book or two written by them a couple of centuries ago to know them. And he really did need to write it, to help educate people on their own folly. Writing History and the WestRobert J. However, the work I ended up reading in the end was one I ended up wrestling with intellectually. Im curious over why the author orientalusmus German sources, and possible perceptions of West v.


Un peu d’ironie facile permet toujours de leur donner une teinte franchement malveillante et odieuse. The Western world had been surprised, by the pro-active and decisive actions of non-Western peoples, whom the ideology of Orientalism had defined as essentially weak societies and impotent countries. I kept waiting for Said to take it to the next level, to elevate these basic, naked observations to some profound and insightful conclusion.

But, even if we are all human, and all power structures operate in the same ways, there should still be some specifics which set this incidence apart.

As Arabs go this is undoubtedly a happy family. Something like “orientalism” was so taken for granted over the centuries that it took someone like Said to simply take orirntalismus step back and say “dude, what the fuck.

Such a oriehtalismus relation, in a hierarchy of weakness and strength, derives orisntalismus the European psychological need to create a difference of cultural inequality, between West and East, which inequality is attributable to “immutable cultural essences ” inherent to Oriental peoples and things. He explains how scholarship isn’t innocent of politics — not just in the case of the West on Islam, and not even to fault that case, because scholarship cannot exist in a safe bubble, away from the hustle and bustle of the politicised world around us.

The central myth is the ‘arrested development of the semites’; Western power enables the reproduction of this myth. Proudman, ” Disraeli as an Orientalist: Oriental Studies is a pastiche areas of study which include philology, linguistics, ethnography, and the interpretation of culture through the discovery, recovery, compilation, and translation of Oriental w.aaid.

So a prejudice based on regional identity is equally possible – and for centuries, Europeans thoughts were sure that those living to the East of Caspian sea were somehow not human in same sense as they were.

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


It requires us to have a single notion of what a Muslim is — as if this religion covering so many millions of people and having lasted for centuries and centuries could really, somehow remain self-identical across all of that time and all of that space. In justification of empire, the Orientalist claims to know more—essential and definitive knowledge—about the Orient than do the Orientals.

And so — a terrible game of Chinese Whispers got started, and you know wonderfully good such a game is at preserving information. Very little of the detail, the human density, the passion of Arab—Moslem life has entered the awareness of even those people whose profession it is to report the Arab world.

Said does not hate the West, in fact, his writing barely carries any emotion towards either side when it comes to non-fiction works, as he rather give a good introduction to people from both sides.

I remain in the safety of rhetorical analysis, where criticism is the second-best thing I do. Do cultural, religious, and racial differences matter more than socio-economic categories, or politicohistorical ones? I don’t want to do it thoughtlessly, and though I take a great deal of inspiration from Haggard, Kipling, Conrad, and Burton, I don’t want to incidentally adopt their shortcomings along with the interesting bits.

The Thief of Bagdadfilm poster. As a work of cultural criticism, Orientalism is the foundation document in the field of Post-colonialismbecause the thesis proved historically factual, true, and accurate for the periods studied; and for the How?

What is Orientalism?

Often people of East are shown in Hollywood movies as caricatures of Western idea of them Indiana Jones movies. Unfortunately, the work of learning about other cultures cannot be done by pouring them into a single bucket and giving them a single name.

I am not referring to Said, I am referring to the work he exposes. View all 12 comments. 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: Said —the Lebanese newspaper Daily Star recognized the intellectual import of the book, saying “Said’s critics agree with his admirers that he has single-handedly effected a revolution in Middle Eastern studies in the U.

At worst, Orientalists had directly served European empires, showing proconsuls how best to conquer and control Muslims. So far as the United States seems to be concerned, it is only a slight overstatement to say that Moslems and Arabs are essentially seen as either oil suppliers or potential terrorists.

Eastern Block book review of For Lust of Knowing: It may not have been what Edward Said meant at all, but the term has become a kind of slogan. In the late s, the survey range of Orientalism did not include the genre of Orientalist painting or any other visual arts, despite the book-cover featuring a detail-image of The Snake Charmera popular, 19th-century Orientalist painting—to which the writer Linda Nochlin applied Said’s method of critical analysis “with uneven results”.


Pourquoi ne pas indiquer qu’il y eut pour soutenir le projet colonial besoin d’une propagande forte? The reason is that the late Edward Said turned the word into a pejorative.

Apr 06, Michael rated it really liked it. In his new preface, Said examines the effect of continuing Western imperialism after recent events in Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq. Throughout Europe’s history, announced Said, “every European, in that he could say about the Orient, was a racist, an imperialist, and almost totally ethnocentric.

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Courtesy Mathaf Gallery, London. Indeed, once I realized the scope of this work and that it wasn’t likely to help with my specific writing concernI almost abandoned it, but I wanted to get to the ‘angry Said’ part where he defames Western civilization, just to see how bad it got.

Said’s tone throughout the book is exceedingly dry and cautious–too much so, for my taste, I’ve been known to enjoy a good diatribe–so any prejudicial anger a reader might find in this book is only what they brought in with them. Madeleine he takes on a lot of these critiques in his afterward and cites those who were accusing him of a reverse “occidentalizing” tendency- and responds …more he takes on a lot of these critiques in his afterward and cites those who were accusing him of a reverse “occidentalizing” tendency- and responds directly that he was seeking to not discuss power relations in the same homogenizing binary but rather to create a narrative conglomerating texts to create a “multicultural critique of power using knowledge to advance itself” less.

Said’s survey concentrated upon the British and the French varieties of Orientalism that supported the British Empire and the French Empire as commercial enterprises constructed from colonialism, and gave perfunctory coverage, discussion, and analyses of German Orientalist scholarship. I remember seeing a supposedly humorous map where the Middle East was replaced by an impact crater, with the words ‘Problem Solved’ w.saiv it, completely ignoring the fact that the reason a.said is constant conflict there is because powerful First World countries have gone in, supplied both sides with cheap guns, made Opium the only profitable crop for farmers to grow, and set up regimes whose sole purpose is to funnel money and natural resources out of those countries and into multinational banks–any region is going to be politically unstable under those conditions.

Said advocated the establishment of a Palestinian state ws.aid ensure equal political and human rights for the Palestinians in Israel, including the right of return to the homeland. University of Chicago Press. Bayly Empire and InformationDelhi: