Orientalism by Edward W. Said
The noted critic and a Palestinian now teaching at Columbia University,examines the way in which the West observes the Arabs.
"Powerful and disturbing... The theme is the way in which intellectual traditions are created and transmitted..."Orientalisms" is the example Mr. Said uses, and by it he means something precise. The scholar who studies the Orient (and specifically the Muslim Orient), the imaginative writer who takes it as his subject, and the institutions which have been concerned with "teaching it, settling it, ruling it" all have a certain representation or idea of the "the Orient" defined as being other that the "Occident; mysterious, unchanging and ultimately inferior." - Albert Hourani, The New York Review of Books
Paperback, Copywright 1979