Edward Said Orientalism Summary
Can I have a summary of the main ideas in Edward Said's Orientalism?
This work by Edward Said has been crucial to postcolonial studies and criticism. I will give you a brief summary of the main ideas and how it contributes to postcolonialism, but obviously, there is no substitute for reading the book yourself!
Said identifies a series of assumptions that are made by the West about the Orient. Said himself is Palestinian, and he identifies a series of assumptions that the West makes about Arabs: they are irrational, anti-Western, menacing and dishonest. He explores how these assumptions are constructed in opposition to what the West thinks about themselves, and therefore defines this projected image of "Arabs" in the mind of Westerners as the other - we define the...
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Erward Said explains how the West views the Oriental and Oriental culture and literature as irrational, depraved, and often they are mispresented.
He argues that the West’s view of Oriental cultural affirmed by Western institutions and they are expressing their point of view from their aspect which degrades the Non western people, cultures.Said shows his resistence to the hegimony of Western ideas.