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(Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said's Orientalism.pdf) This is the first systematic critique of Edward Said s influential work Orientalism a book that for almost three decades has received wide acclaim voluminous commentary and translation into more than fifteen languages Said s main thesis was that the Western image of the East was heavily biased by colonialist attitudes racism and more than two centuries of political exploitation Although Said s critique was controversial the impact of his ideas has been a pervasive rethinking of Western perceptions of Eastern cultures plus a tendency to view all scholarship in Oriental Studies as tainted by considerations of power and prejudice br br In this thorough reconsideration of Said s famous work Ibn Warraq argues that Said s case against the West is seriously flawed Warraq accuses Said of not only willfully misinterpreting the work of many scholars but also of systematically misrepresenting Western civilization as a whole With example after example he shows that ever since the Greeks Western civilization has always had a strand in its very makeup that has accepted non Westerners with open arms and has ever been open to foreign ideas br br The author also criticizes Said for inadequate methodology incoherent arguments and a faulty historical understanding He points out not only Said s tendentious interpretations but historical howlers that would make a sophomore blush br br Warraq further looks at the destructive influence of Said s study on the history of Western painting especially of the th century and shows how once again the epigones of Said have succeeded in relegating thousands of first class paintings to the lofts and storage rooms of major museums br br An extended appendix reconsiders the value of th and th century Orientalist scholars and artists whose work fell into disrepute as a result of Said s workDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said's Orientalism books for multiple devices.