Edward Said, Orientalism
Reviewed by Malcolm Kerr

Kerr, Malcolm
Date Written:  1980-12-01
Publisher:  International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies
Year Published:  1980
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX9576

The book contains many excellent sections and scores many telling points, but it is spoiled by overzealous prosecutorial argument in which Professor Said, in his eagerness to spin too large a web, leaps at conclusions and tries to throw everything but the kitchen sink into a preconceived frame of analysis. In charging the entire tradition of European and American Oriental studies with the sins of reductionism and caricature, he commits precisely the same error.

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