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Said, Edward W.

(1935–  ) author, educator, political activist; born in Jerusalem. A Palestinian, he and his family became refugees during the 1947 partition of Palestine. He came to the U.S.A. and studied at private schools, receiving his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1964. His reading of Joseph Conrad influenced his views on colonialism. He taught English and literature at Columbia University (1963). Intensely involved both in literary scholarship and Palestinian rights, he wrote many books, most notably Orientalism (1978) and Covering Islam (1981). In the former he argued that the West's view of the Middle East and the Islamic world has been distorted by intellectual romantics; in the latter, he argued that the American view of Arabs was conditioned almost totally by a hostile media. He was a member of the Palestine National Council (1977) and a recognized leader in the Palestinian cause.
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The late Edward Said, who was a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, a literary theorist and a public intellectual who was a founding figure of the of the critical-theory field of Post colonialism, predicted that 14 years ago.
However, Edward said, "What the board of the Journalists Syndicate is saying is complete nonsense.
All that changed some 30 years ago when the late Edward Said, in his book "Orientalism" made it a dirty word.
Edward Said, Orientalism (New York: Vintage Books, 1979).
For this, and for his unwavering sense of humanity, I will miss Edward Said.
It was in this early period that Edward Said entered into the growing circle of Arab-Americans.
In an interview with The Middle East magazine, published in June 2001, Edward Said said he would not be giving many more interviews.
Though often polemical-and always scathing when the target is as irredeemable in the author's eyes as, for example, Edward Said, David Irving, or Noam Chomsky-Alexander's writing deserves attention precisely because of the level of erudition and understanding he brings to his task.
Inspired by the work of Edward Said and his monumental Orientalism, they have historicized se emingly static categories such as race and have provided important historical depth to issues ranging from sexuality to the social sciences.
Edward Said was not fortunate enough in this regard.
And yet to realize the tension between filiation and affiliation, as Edward Said has described it, is also to discover a challenging universalism, born of the particular (filial), yet connected to others through lived experience and ideas of justice and true human equality.
Thanks to her glamorous Lebanese mother, and her father -- prominent intellectual, Columbia University professor and pioneer of post-colonial theory, Edward Said -- her family spent their summers in the Middle East.