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Absent Minds: Intellectuals in Britain
An argument against what Collini calls the 'declinist thesis', the belief that contemporary intellectual life is getting increasingly dumbed down and stagnant. Declinists, Collini suggests, are in den...
Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said's Orientalism
A methodical deconstruction of Edward Said's Orientalism.
Edward Said, Orientalism: Reviewed by Malcolm Kerr
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, lea...
For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and their enemies
A rebuttal of Edward Said which examines who the Orientalists were, how historically they advanced their disciplines, and what their achievements have been. Irwin calls Said's book "a work of malignan...
Reading Orientalism: Said and the unsaid
Varisco, Daniel Martin
An extensive discussion of Edward Said's influential 1978 polemic 'Orientalism'. Varisco mounts a sustained critique on Said's flawed methodology, his skewed and selective handling of literary evidenc...
Said, Edward, Critical Notes on
Edward Said was admired by the anti-imperialist left for his courageous defence of Palestinian rights. However, Irfan Habib argues that unfortunately Said's scholarly work, notably his major work 'Ori...
Edward Said's shadowy legacy: Tricky with argument, weak in languages, careless of facts: but, thirty years on, Said still dominates debate
So many academics want the arguments presented in Edward Said's Orientalism (1978) to be true. It discourages any kind of critical approach to Islam in Middle Eastern studies.
'Badass Librarians' Foil al Qaeda, Save Ancient Manuscripts
Scholars used donkey carts, boats, and teenage couriers to smuggle a priceless collection out of Timbuktu.