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Orientalism

Western Conceptions of the Orient

By Edward W. Said
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Orientalism: Western Conceptions of the Orient by Edward W. Said

Orientalism (1978) shines a light on the often unquestioned assumptions about Eastern civilizations that are persistently prevalent in the West. By unearthing and analyzing the West’s biases, Edward Said aims to undermine Orientalism’s influence on how the West perceives and interacts with the East.

  • Anyone fascinated by non-Western civilizations
  • Anyone curious about the origins of modern international politics
  • Anyone interested in the history of colonialism and its remaining traces today

Edward Said was a highly influential Palestinian-American intellectual and leading literary critic who helped found the field of postcolonialism. His works include The Question of Palestine, Covering Islam and Culture and Imperialism.

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