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Orientalism: Western Conceptions of the Orient (Modern Classics (Penguin)) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Edward W. Said
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For generations now, Edward W. Said's Orientalism has defined our understanding of colonialism and empire, and this Penguin Modern Classics edition contains a preface written by Said shortly before his death in 2003. 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. Drawing on his own experiences as an Arab Palestinian living in the West, Said examines how these ideas can be a reflection of European imperialism and racism. Edward W. Said (1935-2003) was a Palestinian-American cultural critic and author, born in Jerusalem and educated in Egypt and the United States. His other books include The Question of Palestine, Culture and Imperialism and Out of Place: A Memoir. If you enjoyed Orientalism, you might like Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'Stimulating, elegant and pugnacious'Observer 'Beautifully patterned and passionately argued'New Statesman 'Very exciting ... his case is not merely persuasive, but conclusive' John Leonard, New York Times 'Magisterial'Terry Eagleton

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"The theme is the way in which intellectual traditions are created and trans-mitted... Orientalism is the example Mr. Said uses, and by it he means something precise. The scholar who studies the Orient (and specifically the Muslim Orient), the imaginitive writer who takes it as his subject, and the institutions which have been concerned with teaching it, settling it, ruling it, all have a certain representation or idea of the Orient defined as being other than the Occident, mysterious, unchanging and ultimately inferior." --Albert Hourani, New York Review of Books -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .


"Orientalism" is one of the greatest and most influential of books of ideas to be published since the end of the European empires. For generations now it has defined our understanding of colonialism and empire and with each passing year its influence becomes if anything even greater. To mark its 25th anniversary, "Orientalism" rightfully takes its place as a Pengun Modern Classic.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Seminal but Flawed Work on Colonialism 17. Juni 2000
When it was written, Orientalism administered a much-needed correction to the study of the Arab and Asian worlds. Any historian, social scientist or humanist working in related fields should own a copy.
The strength of Edward Said's Orientalism is its highlighting of the underlying assumptions of dominance and subjection in Orientalist scholarship. Said correctly points out that the British, French and United States have relied on the reduction of the Orient to an academic study backed by a mythical image of its inhabitants and cultures as more primitive, passionate, mystical and illogical. Complementing this has been a presumption of Western superiority that allows diagnosis of social ills and prescription of Western remedies for these ills.
Said also pointed out a secondary weakness in the Orientalist approach to its studies. If Westerners presume the Orient to be more passionate and mystical, they may assume that it provides absolute alternatives to the ills of Western culture and modernism. Thus the span of Western history scrutinized by Said has seen individuals and groups embracing ill-understood religions and cultural precepts. The anti-majoritan/left-leaning subcultures arising during the upheavals of the 1960's are particularly susceptible to this.
This leads naturally to Aijid Ahmad's primary criticism of Said. Orientalism doesn't consider the varied responses of the Orient/Third-World to its theories. In particular, Ahmad correctly points out that Orientalism over-focuses blames on the West and doesn't address the self-inflicted problems of "Oriental" societies. Based on this criticism, the proper approach is to balance the effects of Western Orientalism and the indigenous difficulties.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Eurocentrism Reconsidered 29. April 2003
Pro: Good analysis of the Eurocentric view of the Orient.
Con: Could have been much shorter to get the point across...
Edward Said is a Palestinian-American professor of literature at Columbia University in NYC. Having grown up in two seemingly opposing worlds, he has investigated this 'opposition' and come up with very interesting results. As this will probably be an academic read, I will shortly summarize what you will find: His thesis is that European (and later American) culture has mystified the Orient, made it seemingly inaccessible and foreign. This was done not only by rulers and propaganda, but much more subtly by authors, artists, journalists and -lately- the media. It is not necessarily an intentional act, but rather one that has to do with identity: the Orient was necessary for Europe to create its own identity. Said then argues that the academic field of study 'Orientalism' was the avantgarde of creating the myth of the Orient, and thus creating European identity. Said is not really arguing for or against the status quo, but rather analyzing it and questioning it.
'Orientalism' will make you think, but can also bore you if you really intend to read every paragraph. As an academic read in media studies or cultural studies it is essential, but not all of it is relevant for every subject. The book just covers 'too much'...
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It is not often that a brilliantly, exhaustively researched book on an alternatingly controversial and trivial subject can engender an emotional response of the magnitude with which this work does. In documenting the psychological architecture of the western mind and its perspective on the East- or the "Orient", he deconstructs it. The idea that it exists deconstructs it by nature; before reading this book you will swear that most of what we know of the Arabian East is the absolute truth, and isn't much of anything complimentary, let alone influential.
I rate this book, for its effect on our psyche as Americans alone (regardless of race or assumed political leanings), as one of the most important written in this now closing century. The world looks the way it does not because of natural law,like the reasons why the Sahara has become a desert- or at least not by the natural laws we have imagined. Edward Said shows this in remarkable fashion.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Superb Polemic 17. Februar 1999
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At first sight, arcane knowledge of the classical "Orient" and seemingly objective inquiry into cultures other than "ours" may not bear any great impact on politics or other more decisive facets of life. Said demonstrates, however, that knowledge does affect political power in extremely significant ways. He thoroughly documents how apparently "objective" scholars from Europe and later America formulated and taught academic dogmas about the "inferior East." These academic doctrines, in turn, acquired an aura of authority on the basis of their seemingly immense knowledge, and thus acquired the power to (mis)represent "the Orient" to the Occidental audience. Through various reductionist stereotypes, such Orientalist dogmas climbed their way into state-sponsored academic chairs and experts who, up to his very day, have the power to guide and direct national policies. Said's Orientalism is a forceful and cogent political argument against binary oppositions and harmful divisions which unfortunately still pervade much of "our" scholarship and politics.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Wer bei diesem Buch landet....
landet hier nicht aus Zufall, sondern höchstwahrscheinlich, weil er im (Selbst)Studium entweder von alleine darauf gestoßen oder von einem Kommilitonen oder Dozenten... Lesen Sie weiter...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sharp analysis of the phenomenon of Orientalism
With his work, Edward Said adresses an important issue present in most works on the Orient. Although sometimeshe seems to draw his conclusions very quickly, they do make sense in... Lesen Sie weiter...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Schöne Ausgabe
Schöne Ausgabe, er schreibt meiner Meinung nach eeetwas zu lang und ausführlich und wiederholt seinen Standpunkt gerne mal öfter als notwendig. Lesen Sie weiter...
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Unreadable rubbish
I read this with an open mind, but finally concluded that it is too long, too emotional, too racist, making it unreadable, thus making it rubbish. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 22. Mai 2010 von Marcel H. Susanto
1.0 von 5 Sternen not at all good
This book is extremely flawed, not the least because its scholarship is far from convincing. Luckily, Ibn Warraq's recently published book (the main title of which, however, could... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 16. März 2008 von Till Kinzel
5.0 von 5 Sternen Orientalism
...Edward Said writes an important piece, revealing several important aspects of western thought. He proves that, even today, racism plays a dominant role in Westerner's... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 4. Mai 2000 von Nathan Kleekamp
5.0 von 5 Sternen A classic work
Edward Said's background as a consummate outsider (Protestant Christian Palestinian refugee) has put him in a unique position to analyze Western notions of the "Orient. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 3. Mai 2000 von Bukkene Bruse
5.0 von 5 Sternen Deconstruction with a purpose
Said's primary task consisted in locating a discourse on orientalism which is no mean feat. Having arrived at that underlying ideology, he proceeded to deconstruct, an even harder... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 3. April 2000 von smahadin@hotmail.com
5.0 von 5 Sternen Deconstruction with a purpose
Said's primary task consisted in locating a discourse on orientalism which is no mean feat. Having arrived at that underlying ideology, he proceeded to deconstruct, an even harder... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 3. April 2000 von smahadin@hotmail.com
5.0 von 5 Sternen Setting the Record Straight...
Whichever side you may be on, East or West,if you are in for polemic and easy self-justification, don't even start to read this book: it just isn't for you! Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 11. Januar 2000 von Tevfik AKTUGLU
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