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Edward W. Said
Arabic: 'idwārd wadī¢ sa¢īd



Edward Said.
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Edward Said.

(Jersualem 1935-2003) American-Palestinian professor, social and literature scientist.
Said's broad fame is principally connected to his book Orientalism, published in 1978, in which he strongly criticises Western social, historical and religious studies of the Middle East and North Africa. Said accuses Western scientists of often being victims of prejudices, of reducing Oriental cultures and religions, compared to Western. In general Said protests against Western disposition to paint the Orient as exotic, different, traditional sensual and fanatic.
Said is now working as Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, and is educated at Victoria College, Cairo, Mount Hermon School, USA, and Princeton and Harvard Universities, both USA.
Edward Said died in New York from leukaemia on September 25, 2003.




By Tore Kjeilen