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Edward W. Said (Author)
More than three decades after its first publication, the author's critique of the West's historical, cultural, and political perceptions of the East has become a modern classic. In this wide-ranging, intellectually vigorous study, the author traces the origins of 'orientalism' to the centuries-long period during which Europe dominated the Middle and Near East and, from its position of power, defined 'the orient' simply as 'other than' the occident. This entrenched view continues to dominate western ideas and, because it does not allow the East to represent itself, has prevented true understanding. -- Publisher's description
Print Book, English, 2003
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Vintage Books : A division of Random House, New York, 2003