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More Postmodernist Garbage
am 5. September 1999
The central point of Said's book is that the so-called "West" cannot truly understand the complexities and intricate nature of the Arab world. Only a Muslim like him can, despite the fact that he himself was educated in the West. One must wonder how any culture can understand another, and if they cant we should just give up scholarship and go into our own hiding places. This is essentially a post-modernist argument, saying there is no real truth, only differing perceptions. For better treatment of the same subject see Bernard Lewis, a real scholar.You will walk away from his book with a true understanding of Arab history, despite what Said may say.