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Orientalism 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 ideolog

  • Title: Orientalism
  • Author: Edward W. Said
  • ISBN: 9780141187426
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 tWith 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.

    Orientalism Orientalism is a term used by art historians and literary and cultural studies scholars for the imitation or depiction of aspects in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and East Asian cultures Eastern world.These depictions are usually done by writers, designers, and artists from the West In particular, Orientalist painting, depicting specifically the Middle East, was one of the many Orientalism Edward W Said Books Orientalism Edward W Said on FREE shipping on qualifying offers More than three decades after its first publication, Edward Said s groundbreaking critique of the West s historical Edward Said s Orientalism a Brief Definition Orientalism a Brief Definition Edward Said From Orientalism, New York Vintage, Unlike the Americans, the French and British less so the Germans, Russians, Spanish, Portugese, Italians, and Swiss have had a long tradition of what I shall be calling Orientalism, a way of coming to terms with the Orient that is based on the Orient s special place in European Western Experience. What is Orientalism Reclaiming Identity Dismantling Orientalism is a way of seeing that imagines, emphasizes, exaggerates and distorts differences of Arab peoples and cultures as compared to that of Europe and the U.S It often involves seeing Arab culture as exotic, backward, uncivilized, and at times dangerous Edward W. Orientalism Reviewed by Daniel Pipes Orientalism has a well established meaning in English namely, the scholarly study by Westerners of eastern cultures, languages and peoples, a meaning Edward Said sometimes adopts But he primarily uses the word in two other ways, both original to him What is Orientalism, and how is it also racism It always surprises me how, even among anti racist activists let alone the general population , there is a general ignorance of what Orientalism is and how it contributes to contemporary examples of Orientalism in Dress s Fashion History Fashion Poiret and orientalism in fashion history Influence of Fortuny, Bakst, Raoul Dufy, Erte Techno Orientalism Imagining Asia in Speculative Fiction Techno Orientalism is the first collection to define and critically analyze a phenomenon that pervades both science fiction and real world news coverage of Asia With essays on subjects ranging from wartime rhetoric of race and technology to science fiction by contemporary Asian American writers to the cultural implications of Korean gamers, this volume offers innovative perspectives and Orientalism and Islam Islamic Studies Oxford The term Orientalism, later known as Oriental Studies, began in reference to the study of languages and cultures of the so called Orient Although initially focused on the ancient and modern Near East, the term Orient was indiscriminately used for all of the Asian civilizations Orientalism Taking and Making New Orleans Museum of Art Orientalism describes the widespread popularity of European and American artists taking inspiration from art and people both real and imagined of Middle Eastern, North African, and East Asian cultures.

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    1. Erica on said:

      The following is a true story:Me, in a San Franscisco bar reading Orientalism.The blonde girl next to me reading over my shoulder: "So what's Orientalism?"I explain as best I can in a couple sentences. Her: "There are so many isms in Asia - like Buddhism and Taoism. You know what book you should read? The Tao of Poo. It's sooo good. It's, like, the perfect way to teach Americans about Eastern Religion."Horrified, I look back to my book and take a sip of beer.

    2. J.G. Keely on said:

      There's a curious double-standard between what we expect from White guy authors compared to authors of any other background. When an author is a Native American, for example, we tend to expect their books to deliver to us the 'Native American experience'. If the author is a woman, we tend to expect that her book will show us the 'female perspective'--to the degree that female authors who write stories about men are forced to take on a masculine or nondescript name, like J.K. Rowling.So we get We [...]

    3. Trevor on said:

      This is a fascinatingly interesting book. It is also a book that is virtually required reading if you are going to say anything at all about post-colonialism. Whether you agree or disagree with the central theme of the book is almost beside the point. This work is seminal and landmark – so it can be avoided only at your own cost.I’ll get to the central idea of the book in a second, but first some advice for people thinking of reading it. I think, if I only wanted to get an idea of what the b [...]

    4. Bookdragon Sean on said:

      “Every single empire in its official discourse has said that it is not like all the others, that its circumstances are special, that it has a mission to enlighten, civilize, bring order and democracy, and that it uses force only as a last resort. And, sadder still, there always is a chorus of willing intellectuals to say calming words about benign or altruistic empires, as if one shouldn't trust the evidence of one's eyes watching the destruction and the misery and death brought by the latest [...]

    5. Michael Finocchiaro on said:

      An amazing classic book from the late Edward Saïd about the origins of the Western view of the Orient that shaped literature and music in the 17th-20th century. It is a penetrating view of various racial stereotypes of Arab peoples (dressed in sheets smoking hookahs and generally under-educated and prone to laziness and violence) that pervades all levels of society and served the interests of colonialism to appease consciences of all the violence and subjugation that occurred in China, India th [...]

    6. عبدالرحمن أبوذكري on said:

      شتان بين الطلسمات التي ابتلينا بها على يد كمال ابوديب في الترجمة الأولى التي صدرت قبل أكثر من عقدين، وبين هذه الترجمة السلسة الرائقة البعيدة عن التقعُّر، والإغراب، وصك المصطلحات الشاذة. إذا أردت أن تقرأ كتاب إدوارد سعيد، وتفهمه فهماً حسناً، وتفيد منه، فعليك بقراءة ترجمة أس [...]

    7. حسين العُمري on said:

      يناقش أدوارد سعيد في هذا الكتاب " الاستشراق " كظاهرة ثقافية يشوبها الكثير من التحامل الغربي على الشرق ،، يظهر ذلك في سطحية النظرة الغربية للثقافة العربية و الاسلامية بل و الشرقية بصفة عامة فيلعب المستشرق دور الراصد لما يعتقد أنه همجية في مقابل الحضارة و التقدم الغربي فينجرف [...]

    8. DoctorM on said:

      Yes--- in many ways, Said's "Orientalism" is a classic. And he's right about some things: Western art and literature created a whole fantasy world about "the Orient" (which included the Balkans and Russia) over the last few centuries; Western scholarship about North Africa or the Middle East or India could be (and was) used by colonial powers. But as critics (especially Bernard Lewis and Robert Irwin)have pointed out, Said took a handful of serious ideas and created his own fantasy world of "Ori [...]

    9. Zanna on said:

      Obviously this is a must read, which has been much drawn on and critiqued by later post/anti-colonial writers. I have just read the copious notes I made when I read it in 2007 (sort of ironic that I read a westerner's gloss rather than re-reading the original!?) and noted some points of particular interestJohn of Segovia proposed a conference with Islam designed to produce mass conversion 'even if it were to last ten years it would be less expensive and damaging than war'To me this is a perfect [...]

    10. Adam on said:

      Orientalism is a masterpiece of comparative literature studies and deconstruction, published in 1978 it is arguably Said's most rigorous piece but undoubtedly his most influential. This is a examination of the academic discipline of Oriental Studies, which has a long history most of the European universities. Oriental Studies is a pastiche areas of study which include philology, linguistics, ethnography, and the interpretation of culture through the discovery, recovery, compilation, and translat [...]

    11. Lucy on said:

      I think the problem with reading Orientalism today is that much of what he says (that was so revolutionary at the time) is so accepted now (at least among most academics). He's a brilliant writer, although he did irritate me at times (he constantly vilified anyone trying to represent anything, claiming, rightfully, that it is only possible to have a misrepresentation of anything built on one's own experiences and culture, and I did truly want to remind him that was what he was doing with Orienta [...]

    12. Rob Salkowitz on said:

      Intellectual porn for self-hating westerners, shockingly became one of the most influential texts of the last 25 years. Said's pompous, self-important writing style papers over yawning gaps in scholarship and breathtaking dishonesty. Finally, some academics appear to be getting over their institutional infatuation with Said and the critical tide is starting to turn. None too soon.

    13. MissSugarTown on said:

      Une lecture essentielle pour tout le monde, qui que vous soyez. La postface écrite par Edward Said 16 ans après la publication de son essai est très intéressante et enrichissante puisqu'il y revient sur les critiques et diverses interprétations faites de son texte aux quatre coins du monde et nous rappelle ce que son texte N'EST PAS, mais l'expérience démontre qu'il est très difficile de ne pas y voir ce que chacun espère ou redoute La citation choisie par Edward Said au début de son e [...]

    14. Bryn Hammond on said:

      I’ve been ashamed I hadn’t read Orientalism, and now I know I had reason to be ashamed. It’s rightly a classic. Though its ideas have seeped out so that much was familiar, there was a lot of clarity in going back to source. I expected a more ‘pugnacious’ book, to use a word from the back cover. But it’s not pugnacious in style or content. Perhaps in the first shock of publication it seemed so. It’s a fair-minded book, ‘humanist’ in a word he refuses to relinquish (that wins my [...]

    15. Mohamed Omran on said:

      انه الكتاب العربي الوحيد في قائمه مائه كتاب غيروا تاريخ العالم للنابغه ادوارد سعيد امتاع ابداع لن تعتبر قارىء ومثقف بدون ذلك الكتاب من وجهه نظرى سرد بساطه مفاهيم سلسه انيقه تم ترجمته الي عده لغات

    16. Inam on said:

      Still the most influential book in Cultural, Near Eastern, Arab, Islamic, and Post-Colonialist Studies. Interesting how everyone giving it a bad/ambivalent review is someone that simply can't acknowledge history - 200-300 years of colonialism which was then only replaced by neo-imperialism in the form of wars, economic exploitation, and political interference through force. Is the world any different even today? Obviously not. You're not hating the West by acknowledging this truth, Edward Said a [...]

    17. Hadrian on said:

      A literary/philosophical analysis of perceptions of 'the Orient' as something different, exotic, passionate, religious, and inferior. The Orient as it was, was thought of as such - in many ways- since the Crusades, perhaps before, and all the way up to the Ottoman Empire. But as the Europeans became colonial powers, perceptions continued to influence action.Im curious over why the author omitted German sources, and possible perceptions of West v. East Europe - the multiethnic Habsburg Empire, an [...]

    18. Ali Almatrood on said:

      الكتاب مجهدٌ جدًا، وهو مرجعٌ تاريخي أكثر من كونه كتابًا للقراءة.

    19. Yann on said:

      Ce livre est un pamphlet écrit au siècle dernier par un professeur de littérature américain, dans lequel l'Orientalisme est dénoncé comme une imposture pernicieuse qui véhiculerait depuis deux siècles une fausse image négative et raciste des habitants de l'Orient, qui masquerait un dessein caché de domination et d'asservissement, et aurait conduit, du fait de son vain prestige de prétendue science, hier les gouvernements d'Europe au colonialisme et aujourd'hui celui des États-Unis à [...]

    20. Liz Janet on said:

      Recent Reads: Orientalism, The Satanic Verses, and The Geek Feminist“In a sense the limitations of Orientalism are the limitations that follow upon disregarding, essentializing, denuding the humanity of another culture, people, or geographical region.”I recently read Said’s “Culture and Imperialism”, which I adored for its study on the effects of imperialism on literature, and this one is equally at par. This work should’ve been read first though, as it explores orientalism as a West [...]

    21. Michael on said:

      I started to pick at this foundational work while I was still in Iraq (2007). Things I saw from both Americans and Iraqis began to remind me faintly of some half-remembered ideas from Said's pen. Said's stated purpose of writing was to show how an intellectual study such as Orientalism can not be viewed independently from the influence of power dynamics on an author. Orientalism, he stated, responded directly to the West's need to possess and control an East that it considered inferior, doing so [...]

    22. علاء on said:

      أعلن استسلامي تجاوزت نصف الكتاب ثم توقفت ولكنني كنت أشعر وكأنني لا اقرأ كتاباً بل أنحت صخراً وبدون نتيجةالكتاب قيم ولا شك رغم أنه أكاديميّ فيما يبدو لي ولكنه قيم ويستحق القراءةولكن المترجم !!ما فعله المترجم (كمال أبو ديب) هو أنه جاء بكتاب ادوارد سعيد ثم نقله من الانكليزية [...]

    23. Andrew on said:

      This is a great example of a paradigm shift in the social scientist's perspective. Something like "orientalism" was so taken for granted over the centuries that it took someone like Said to simply take a step back and say "dude, what the fuck." As I read it, I found myself trying to step back from the orientalizations in my own life and in the cultural/social life around me. For the life examined.

    24. Londi on said:

      This is a seminal postmodern postcolonial work of critical theory and cultural studies, deconstructing one of the most dominant grand narratives of our civilization, that continues to fuel xenofobia and wars.

    25. Stef Rozitis on said:

      The way this book was explaining the prevalence ond logic of Islamophobia I had to check the date, expecting it to be a very current book. Frightening that although it was written in the 70s the sort of racism and terror-mongering described in it is if anything more wide-spread than ever. This book very eloquently shows how orientalism works- it makes no parallels to things like the male/female binary (who speaks, who describes whom, who is exoticised as "other", less and deficit) but to me read [...]

    26. Lina AL Ojaili on said:

      لا يحلل سعيد أصل الطابع الطاغي والمهيمن لهذه الثقافة، فهي بالنسبة له سائدة ومهيمنة لأنها غربيةكتاب "الاستشراق"، ليس دفاعا عن لإسلام فقط، انه هجوما وفضحا لبنية الاستشراق اللاإنسانية، المهيمنة، وكشف لأسسها الإستعمارية، وشبكة المصالح المرتبطة بها،

    27. رحمان on said:

      One of the biggest hurdles that we humans have yet to surmount is the way we think of our identity as something essential fixed and immutable: we're born a certain way, in a certain environment, in a certain culture, and that alone decides who we are, who we will become, and how we're going to act. It's beyond us to be anything else. It's wrong to be anything else. As long as we have that conception, as long as we keep drawing sharp, permanent, diving lines, as long as we keep thinking of some p [...]

    28. Omar BaRass on said:

      مع إني سئ في الكتابة حول كتاب ما إلا إني سأكتب على أي حالقسم ادوارد سعيد كتابه 560 صفحة لثلاثة فصول رئيسية 1-الاستشراق وفصل فيه حول مدى معرفة الغرب حول الشرق، تلك المعرفة الباهتة التي ألزمت الشرقي صفة الجاهل وغير عارف بمصالحه. وأن الغربي أكثر دراية بها هذا ما حاول تبريره بلفور ل [...]

    29. Tim on said:

      Said was required reading in my Conflict Transformation graduate studies and this is the modern classic and standard on the concept of "othering". Yet I'd never read the entire work. Sections of this book are constantly utilized in the academic world, so it was about time to finally read it, and also timely as far as my current location (geographically and personally). As some have said, the ideas in this book are often acknowledged by many intellectuals (with various degrees of acceptance depen [...]

    30. Jen Padgett Bohle on said:

      It’s become a total cliché to say this, but I’m gonna anyway: This work is more relevant than ever. If you want an inexpensive, at-home university course on the history of Islam phobia and ways in which the West has appropriated, marginalized, and re/presented (and consequently colonized) the East, this is your book. This is also a scintillating example of literary analysis and how important and germane deconstruction can be in illuminating power dynamics and seemingly benign discourse whic [...]

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