January 19, 2007
Edward Said and 'Orientalism'
In the nearly 30 years since Edward Said published the hugely influential Orientalism, his indictment of racism and imperialism in Western scholarship on the Orient has had its share of plaudits and condemnations. Now Robert Irwin, the Middle East editor of The Times Literary Supplement, has reignited the controversy with his broadside against the late Columbia University professor. In Dangerous Knowledge: Orientalism and Its Discontents (published in Britain as For Lust of Knowing: The