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Is there a controversy in Edward Said's works?

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Generally speaking, Orientalism confronts a controversial topic in and of itself. In order to appreciate a book such as this one, which explores a problem that involves racism, patriarchy, and neo-colonialism, one must acknowledge that such problems even exist in the world. Just this act of acknowledgement can be controversial for some who deny that such situations even exist.

Another controversial element of Said's arguments in his work Orientalism is his tone and the rather flammable language he uses in places. Said feels very strongly about his arguments and evidence, and his passionate writing could be misconstrued by critics of his work as excessive and angry. Writing that employs an accusatory tone often leads to...

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