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About the Author: Edward W. Said

(Arabic profile: إدوارد سعيد)

Edward W. Said was born in Jerusalem and raised in Egypt until his parents sent him to the United States in 1951.

Said graduated from Princeton University in 1957 and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1964.

He was a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York and held his chair until his death at 67. His major interests were in many fields, including literature, musics and Palestinian issues. He was best-known by his tireless roles of supporting Palestine's freedom and countering violence in Middle East.

His first and most important work 'Orientalism' published in 1978 is a groundbreaking criticism of systematic conceptual invention of "East" and "West" by European imperialists and its influenced intellectuals and writers. It is influenced in such fields as literary criticism and cutural studies.

He was recognised as one of the founders of "Postcolonialism".

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Paperback, Published in Aug 2003 by Penguin Books Ltd

ISBN10: 0141187425 | ISBN13: 9780141187426

Page count: 424

With a new preface by the author.

In this highly acclaimed work, Edward Said surveys the history and nature of Western attitudes towards the East, considering Orientalism as a powerful European ideological creation – a way for writers, philosophers and colonial administrators to deal with the ‘otherness’ of Eastern culture, customs and beliefs. He traces this view through the writings of Homer, Nerval and Flaubert, Disraeli and Kipling, whose imaginative depictions have greatly contributed to the West’s romantic and exotic picture of the Orient. In his new preface, Said examines the effect of continuing Western imperialism after recent events in Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq.

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