Edward Said on orientalism (echoes hindu critics of Indology)

Edward Said – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

As a cultural critic, academic, and writer, Said is best known for the bookOrientalism (1978), an analysis of the cultural representations that are the bases of Orientalism, a term he redefined to mean the Western study of Eastern cultures and, in general, the framework of how The West perceives and represents The East.[5][6][7][8] He contended that Orientalist scholarship was, and remains, inextricably tied to the imperialist societies that produced it, which makes much of the work inherently political, servile to power, and therefore intellectually suspect.

Edit: Caveat: Follow Shreevatsa’s link (comment below) to Koenraad Elst’s article explaining that Edward Said’s thesis is erroneous and counter-productive to hindus.


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