Edward Said On Orientalism

“Orientalism” is a way of seeing that imagines, emphasizes, exaggerates and distorts differences of Arab peoples and cultures as compared to that of Europe and the U.S. It often involves seeing Arab culture as exotic, backward, uncivilized, and at times dangerous. Edward W. Said, in his groundbreaking book, Orientalism, defined it as the acceptance in the West of “the basic distinction between East and West as the starting point for elaborate theories, epics, novels, social descriptions, and political accounts concerning the Orient, its people, customs, ‘mind,’ destiny and so on.”1

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Reclaiming Our Identity: DAS. WHAT IS ORIENTALISM? Arab American National Museum . http://www.arabstereotypes.org/why-stereotypes/what-orientalism. Published 2011. Accessed November 19, 2017.